9 of 10 Filipinos hopeful about 2013


MANILA, Philippines — “Is it with hope or fear that you enter the coming year?” Filipinos were asked as the year comes to a close.

Ninety-two percent of Filipinos said they welcomed the New Year with hope rather than with fear, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The results of the survey, conducted from Dec. 8 to 11, showed that the figure of hopeful Filipinos this year was slightly lower than the previous two years (93 percent in 2010 and 95 percent in 2011).

Compared to 2011 figures, hope for the New Year hardly changed in the Balance of Luzon (from 95 percent to 96 percent) but declined sharply in Mindanao (from 94 percent to 85 percent).

Hope also fell in Metro Manila (from 96 percent to 93 percent) and the Visayas (from 96 percent to 93 percent).

Among socioeconomic classes, the “middle-to-upper” classes ABC (100 percent) said they were hopeful about 2013.

Hope in the New Year declined slightly among the “very poor” class E (from 93 percent to 89 percent) and the masa class D (from 96 percent to 93 percent).

Since it began polling “hope and fear about the New Year” in 2000, “hope with the coming year has customarily been at high levels,” the SWS said.

It was 87 percent in 2000 and 88 percent in 2001, prior to the record 95 percent in 2002. The number declined to 90 percent in 2003 and 81 percent in 2004.

It increased to 85 percent in 2005, 91 percent in both 2006 and 2007, and 92 percent in 2008. The figure dropped again to 89 percent in 2009 and then rose to 93 percent in 2010. It reached a record high of 95 percent again last year.

The SWS survey also found that New Year hope was higher among those who expected a happy Christmas in 2012 than among those who expected a sad Christmas.

Of the 64 percent who were looking at a happy 2012 Christmas, 95 percent said they would face 2013 with hope.

Of the 9 percent who were looking forward to a sad Christmas, only 78 percent said that they would face the New Year with hope.

The survey on hope versus fear about the New Year is patterned after annual polls conducted by the Allensbach Institute of Demoskopy, a pioneering opinion research center in Germany.

The SWS, an independent research organization, used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents nationwide for the noncommissioned survey and had an error margin of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

    bakit hindi iyong pabulusok na approval rating ni Pnoy…..ayon sa kabilang channel ?

  • boybakal

    9 of 10 Filipinos hopeful about 2013….

    This is not new….Ganyan talaga ang mga Pilipino, Punong Puno ng Pag Asa.
    Ayaw magtrabaho, lahat na lang INIASA.

  • PhoenixPoliticalParty

    Buhat kay Alexander Pope (Essays On Man):

    Hope springs eternal in the human breast
    Man never is, but always to be blest
    The soul gets weary and confined from home
    Rests and expatiates in the world to come.

    Namukal sa dibdib nang walang hangganan
    Pag-asa ng taong nakait kaylanman
    Hindi maka-uwi’t napinid saan galing
    Nahigang libutin ang mundong darating.

  • rodben

    Talagang ganyan ang mga Pinoy palagving puno ng pag-asa kya nga palaging puno ang mga simbahan iisa lang ang dinarasal magkapera at magkaroon ng permanenting trabaho o di kya makapag-abroad, tapos paglabas ng simbahan pila na naman sa lotto, sa mayayamang bansa  mga Pinoy di pansin ang lotto kahit na magsimba dahil busy palagi sa trabaho, minsan dalawang company pa ang pinapasukan.

  • julieboy

    Filipinos never give up hope,considering what has happened through the years we still hope for the best.The biggest problem that frustrate a lot of us is the politics.It seems that our people still get fooled or made to believe that certain politicians will make their life better.Public service ay naging negosio na,sprituallity negosio na rin,our security negosio na rin.Kawawa ang walang pera or kapit sa mga sikat.Puro palusot ang mga magnanakaw sa gobierno.Mahirap ma convict ang mayaman,ang tagal ng mga kaso sa korte.But we still have hope,thats all we can hope for,for our children and grandchildren.It really has to start on the top,and be consistent always with no favors to anyone.


    wag magtaka dahil yan na lang ang tanging natitirang baraha ng mga lehitimong pinoy upang manatiling matino ang mga pag iisip. kung bakit naman ang gobyernong pilipino, walang inaayos kundi ang pamumuhay ng mga dayuhan. gumaganda raw ang ekonomiya pero para sa mga dayuhan hindi para sa mga totoong pilipinong anak ng inang bayan.

  • JV Velarde

    For the country to move forward & become a first world country, we should have less or totally none of the Estrada’s, Enrile’s, Marcose’s, Binay’s & Arroyo’s in governance. 

    Enrile should be in jail for his role in the martial law regime, the Marcose’s should just return all their billion dollar loot, the Estrada’s together with the Binay’s should stop pretending they are for the poor & the Arroyo’s should be kept in the National Bilibid prison for all the sins they’ve committed while in power. 

    As long as these people are around, our country we’ll just be a trying hard nation of fools.

  • boybakal

    That is what I like in Filipinos.
    Always positive and hopeful, that is our trait, our culture, hindi nawawalan ng pag asa.

    Pag pasok sa simbahan, dasal ng konting tulong, uwi bahay sabay tulog, ika nga nasabi na sa Diyos ang kahilingan.
    Sa mga may kamag anak sa abroad….hopeful din na sana dagdagan ang padalang remittance at sabayan pa ng balikbayan box na karne norte at nike at adidas na sapatos.

    By 2013, Pinoys are hopeful for more Blessings above at sa OFWs,  pati na rin sa Tate at Europe.
    Dagdagan naman ang padala….very hopeful indeed.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin


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