Poll: 9 of 10 Pinoys have high hopes for New Year


“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 welcome 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 with 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).

Customary high levels

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.


Happy or sad Christmas

The SWS survey also found that New Year hope is 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. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research

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  • rodben

    All  Pilipinos are hoping a good life everyday for the whole year, every church( any Religions) they are praying to have money, permanent job or work abroad just to send there kids in a good schools and to have a good life, after church line-up in lotto stations to bet hoping to win, but in other country Pinoy’s don’t even know lotto or even forget to go to church because they busy for their job,even they are already above 60yr old and some  serving two company..Pinoy’s are the hard working men..

    • sanjuan683

      hehehehe iba buhay sa US masyado pressure di tulad dito sa ating bansa lagi masaya at palasimba ang mga tao dito any religion. Diyan sa US naku ala kuwenta mabuhay diyan masyado liberated. Kakaunti lang nagsisimba diyan yun pera nila gusto alisin yun “In God We Trust” o hayan tignan mo ang ekonomia nila pabagsak. Mismo mga negosiante nila nagpupunta na dito sa Pinas. Kita mo pag maunlad na ang Pinas wala na saysay ang pagtatrabaho sa abroad dahil ang palitan ng dollar magiging P25.00/one dollar. Bakit kapa mag-aabroad at malayo sa mahal mo pamilya. Malakas ang piso natin kontra dollar.

      • Edward Castro

        di naman nila sinusunod ang nakalagay sa coin nila na  “In God We Trust”.  

  • Luiting

    What is fearful about New Year is to stop hoping. It is only natural for those who are financially unstable to have doubts and anxieties for the approaching turn of time; but their only ultimate weapon is to hope.. to expect.. to anticipate for better. Only those who have faith from above are capable to do this. In whatever religion we are into, if we still cling on our GOD, then it’s not that hard to face tomorrow for it gives us confidence that HE will take care of our life. We may not understand  His ways but by faith, we can hope; if we can just eliminate doubt maybe there could also be miracle.


  • akimaxx

    Let us pray and declare this prayer for our nation in the coming year, 2013

    The Lord will bless the Philippines and keep His people 

    The Lord will make His face shine upon our entire islands and our territorial waters.

    And He will be gracious to all of us Filipinos

    The Lord will turn His face towards us and will give us PEACE.


  • buttones

    Well this is not surprising, hope is basically all we have….

  • kilabot

    they must be high on drugs. and looking forward to free condoms.

  • rodben

    And also Pilipinos are hoping that NO MORE ONDOY OR PABLO TO COME.. because the victims of these two typhoons still suffering from HUNGER..unlike other country who suffered from TSONAMI very quick recovery..

  • Your_King

    Not mentioned in this poll was that 9 out of the 10 people polled were part of Aquino’s KKK.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    At umaasa din sila na wala ng mga bagyo sa pilipinas!

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