In December SWS survey, 45% optimistic life will get better in 2022

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In December SWS survey, 45% optimistic life will get better in 2022
People visit Manila Zoo on March 6, 2022, as the government placed some parts of the country on the lowest pandemic alert system.
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MANILA, Philippines — Forty-five percent of Filipinos said they are optimistic that their lives will improve over the next 12 months, according to a survey conducted by Social Weather Stations late last year.

Of the 1,440 adult respondents in the SWS December 12 to 16 poll, 42% said their quality of life will stay the same and 3% said it will get worse. Nine percent did not give an answer.

The government announced last December that the country would end the year under Alert Level 2, a more lenient quarantine classification where indoor venues are allowed customers at 50% capacity while outdoor venues can be filled to 70% capacity.

Alert Level 2 is for areas where cases are low or decreasing and where there is low utilization of hospital facilities.

The eased restrictions allowed more people to go out and to spend money, which was seen to help the economy recover from the effects of the pandemic lockdowns. 

SWS noted that net personal optimism score in the survey was was +42, classified by the polling firm as "excellent."

"The December 2021 net personal optimism score is 16 points above the high +26 in September 2021, and the highest since the pre-pandemic level of excellent +44 in December 2019," SWS said.

The rise in the national net optimism score was due to increases in all areas, especially in Metro Manila, it noted.

Net personal optimism rose by 24 points to +47 in the capital region, by 19 points to +48 in Balance Luzon, by +16 points to +46 in Mindanao and by two points to +20 in Visayas.

A separate survey by SWS found that 40% of Filipinos said their quality of life became worse (losers) in the past 12 months, while 36% said it got better (gainers). Thirty-six percent of the respondents said their lives were the same (unchanged).

According to SWS, net personal optimism was higher among "gainers" than among the "unchanged" and "losers."

The poll was conducted through face-to-face interviews. The sampling error margins are ±2.6% for national percentages and ±5.2% for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

The Philippines started to scrap most COVID-19 restrictions this month following a drop in infections and increased vaccinations.


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