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More Filipinos see better lives, economy – SWS survey

The poll – taken from Dec. 8 to 16 – found 49 percent of adult Filipinos to be optimists or those who expect their “personal quality of life” to improve, while three percent are pessimists or expect it to get worse, for a net personal optimism of “excellent” +46. File

More Filipinos see better lives, economy – SWS survey

Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) - January 10, 2018 - 12:01am

MANILA, Philippines — More Filipinos foresee better lives and an improved economy in the next 12 months, according to a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The poll – taken from Dec. 8 to 16 – found 49 percent of adult Filipinos to be optimists or those who expect their “personal quality of life” to improve, while three percent are pessimists or expect it to get worse, for a net personal optimism of “excellent” +46.

This is four points above the +42, also classified as excellent (47 percent optimists, four percent pessimists), in September 2017 and matches the record-high level first achieved in June 2016.

SWS noted that net personal optimism has been excellent (+40 and above) for the past two years, except in March 2017 when it was a very high at +36.

It rose by one grade from very high to excellent in balance Luzon from +39 in September to +45 in December.

Net personal optimism stayed excellent in Mindanao, although up by four points from +46 to +50.

It was steady at very high +39 in the Visayas from September to December.

It stayed excellent in Metro Manila, despite dropping by three points from +52 in September to +49 in December.

Net personal optimism went up six points but stayed in excellent territory in class ABC, from +53 to +59.

It stayed excellent in Class D, or the masses, up by five points from +42 in September to +47 in December.

It remained very high in Class E, although down by five points from +38 in September to +33.

Net optimism about the economy, meanwhile, rose 12 points to +42, classified as excellent in December, from +30, also excellent, in September last year.

Fifty-two percent of Filipinos were optimistic that the economy “would get better,” against nine percent saying “it would deteriorate.”

This was the highest net optimism about the economy since the excellent +43 in December 2016, the SWS said.

Net optimism about the economy has been excellent (+20 and above) since December 2015, the pollster said.

Net optimism about the economy in all areas increased by 10 points but stayed excellent in Mindanao, from +51 in September to +61 in December – the highest since the +66 in June 2016.

It stayed excellent in balance Luzon, although up by 17 points from +23 to +40.

It also stayed excellent in Metro Manila, up six points from +30 in September to +36 in December.

Likewise, it remained excellent in the Visayas, up by six points from +24 to +30.

Net optimism about the economy was still excellent in class D, up by 13 points from +30 to +43.

It stayed excellent in class E, up by nine points from +32 to +41.

It also stayed excellent in class ABC, although down by two points from +33 to +31.

On the change in personal quality of life compared to 12 months ago, the December 2017 survey found 41 percent of adult Filipinos saying their lives improved against 18 percent who said they worsened, for a new record-high score of excellent +23.

This was four points higher than the previous record of +19 in September 2017. It was a very high (+10 to +19) from September 2016 to September 2017.

The survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults – 18 years old and above – nationwide. It has sampling error margin of plus or minus three percentage points for national percentages and plus or minus six percentage points for area percentages.

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