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Filipinos see better life ahead

Manila, Philippines – More Filipinos have expressed optimism that their quality of lives will improve in the coming months, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said.

The nationwide survey from September 20 to 23 was conducted before the magnitude-7.2 earthquake in Bohol and typhoon “Yolanda” in October and November.

It showed that 40 percent of Filipinos expect that their quality of lives will improve in the next 12 months.

However, six percent (“pessimistic”) said they do not expect improvement in their quality of lives in the coming months.

This brings the net optimism to a “very high” +35, or seven points higher than the “high” +28 (35 percent optimistic, seven percent pessimistic) recorded three months earlier.

The results of the survey used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents.

For net personal optimism, SWS categorized scores ranging from +30 and above as “very high” and +20 to +29 as “high.” Ranging from +10 to +19 is considered “fair,” +1 to +9 is “mediocre,” zero to -9 is “low” and -10 and below is “very low.”

Net personal optimism across socio-economic classes is highest among the upper-to-middle classes ABC at +49 from +32 in the previous quarter, followed by the poorest Class E at +36 from +31, and Class D or the “masa” at +33 from +27.

By geographic areas, net personal optimism is highest in the rest of Luzon at +37 (from +35), followed by Metro Manila at +35 (from +37), in Mindanao also at +35 (from +24), and in the Visayas at +29 (from +16). (Ellalyn B. de Vera)