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44% of Pinoys expect life to improve in a year

Janvic Mateo - The Philippine Star
44% of Pinoys expect life to improve in a year
The survey, conducted from Nov. 21 to 25 with the results released on Wednesday night, showed that 44 percent of the 1,500 adult respondents expect a better quality of life within a year. It was 12 points higher than the 32 percent obtained in a similar survey conducted in September.
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MANILA, Philippines — More Filipinos are expecting the quality of their lives to improve in the next 12 months, according to a recent survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The survey, conducted from Nov. 21 to 25 with the results released on Wednesday night, showed that 44 percent of the 1,500 adult respondents expect a better quality of life within a year. It was 12 points higher than the 32 percent obtained in a similar survey conducted in September.

According to SWS, only nine percent expect their lives to worsen in the next 12 months, significantly lower than the 30 percent obtained in the previous survey. Thirty-six percent said they do not expect their quality of life to change within one year, while the remaining 11 percent said they do not know.

The latest survey resulted in a net optimism score of “very high” +35, up from the “mediocre” +2 obtained in September.

The net optimism score is obtained by subtracting those who said their lives would worsen from those who said their lives would improve in the next 12 months.

Following the impact of the pandemic, the country this year recorded its historic low net optimism score of -19 in May, with 24 percent expecting their lives to improve and 43 percent saying it will worsen in the next 12 months.

It slightly improved in the July survey, which recorded a net optimism score of -10 (26 percent optimist, 36 percent pessimist).

The latest survey showed improvements across all areas, with the highest among respondents in Mindanao at +40 (from -8), followed by Luzon at +39 (from -14), Metro Manila at +30 (from +5) and Visayas at +25 (from -14).

SWS also noted that optimism for a better life is higher among those who said their lives improved in the past 12 months compared to those whose lives worsened or remain unchanged.

Earlier, the survey firm said only 14 percent of the respondents in the November survey said their lives improved in the past year. Sixty-two percent said it worsened, while 24 percent said it was the same.

The survey has a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percent for the national percentages.

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