MANILA, Philippines – Fewer Filipinos expect their quality of life to improve in the next 12 months, said the Social Weather Stations (SWS) in a survey released Wednesday, May 23.
The SWS survey showed 46% of adults are “expecting their personal quality of life to improve in the next 12 months (optimists), and 6% expecting it to get worse (pessimists).”
This boils down to a net personal optimism score of +40, that is, the percentage of optimists minus the percentage of pessimists.
The SWS classified this rating as “excellent.”
The SWS said that this is 6 points below the record-high excellent +46 (49% optimists, 3% pessimists) in December 2017.
The SWS gathered these findings from its First Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey from March 23 to 27.
The survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews with 1,200 Filipino adults. The margin of error is ±3% for national percentages.
Optimism about the economy
In the same survey, the SWS found that 42% of Filipinos remain optimistic that the Philippine economy will get better in 2019.
On the other hand, 12% of Filipinos feel it will deterioriate.
This is equivalent to a +31 score for net optimism about the economy. This is 11 points below the excellent +42 in December 2017.
The same survey found that 41% of respondents believed their lives improved compared to 12 months ago, while 21% said their lives worsened.
This is equivalent to a net gainers score of +20, indicating the difference of gainers over losers.
This net gainers score is 3 points below the record-high excellent +23 in December 2017.
The SWS said its questions “about trends in personal quality of life and optimism about the Philippine economy” were non-commissioned. These “are always included on SWS’ own initiative and released as a public service,” the polling firm said. – Rappler.com