49 % of Pinoys see life improving this year – SWS

Pia Lee-Brago - The Philippine Star
49 % of Pinoys see life improving this year â SWS
Pedestrians walk as they shop at a market in Manila on January 26, 2022.
AFP / Jam Sta Rosa

MANILA, Philippines — Forty-nine percent of Filipinos believe their quality of life will improve this year, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The survey, conducted from Dec. 10 to 14, 2022, also found 37 percent of respondents saying life would stay the same while five percent predicted it would worsen in the next 12 months. The remaining eight percent did not give an answer.

The resulting “net personal optimism” (percentage of optimists minus pessimists) of 44 percent is four points higher than the 40 percent in October 2022 and the highest since the pre-pandemic score of 44 percent in December 2019, the polling firm said.

The survey question on the respondents’ prediction of their quality of life change over the next 12 months has been fielded 147 times since April 1984.

Out of the 147 surveys, the net personal optimism score was negative only 11 times, reaching a historic low of -19 in May 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.

It has since trended back upwards to pre-pandemic levels.



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