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MANILA, Philippines - Six in every 10 Filipinos expect a happy Christmas, according to the Social Weather Stations survey released Sunday night, December 23.
The survey conducted December 8-11 shows that 64% of adult Filipinos are expecting a happy Christmas. Another 26% said they will be "neither happy nor sad." The remaining 9% said they are expecting a "sad Christmas."
The national average did not change from the 2011 survey, where 64% also expected a happy Christmas. The percentage of Filipinos who said 2011 Christmas would neither be happy nor sad was lower by 2 percentage points but it was covered by the error margin. The remaining 11% said they expected a sad 2011 Christmas.
Sadder Christmas in Mindanao
But SWS cited a significant decrease in the number of optimistic Filipinos in Mindanao, a region still reeling from the impact of deadly typhoon Pablo. (READ: 'No Christmas' for typhoon victims)
Government statistics show that 1,067 people have been confirmed dead, while 800 more remain missing. (Click here to help victims of Typhoon Pablo)
Among Mindanao residents, 52%, or 5 in every 10, expect a happy 2012 Christmas, down 17 percentage points from 69% or 7 in 10 residents in 2011.
In comparison, expectation of a happy 2012 Christmas is higher in other parts of the country: 6 in every 10 people living in Metro Manila (58%); 7 in every 10 in the rest of Luzon (71%); and 7 in every 10 in Visayas (66%).
Expectation of a happy Christmas is also highest among middle-to-upper class. For 2012, 80% of class ABC are expecting a happy Christmas, against 67% of class D and 53% of class E. - Rappler.com