SWS: More Filipinos upbeat in 2013


Almost two of every five adult Filipinos are optimistic about their quality of life, while one in three are optimistic about the Philippine economy this year, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

The survey, conducted from Dec. 8 to 11 and first reported in BusinessWorld, found that 37 percent of Filipinos were optimistic that their quality of life would improve in the next 12 months, as against 8 percent who said it would get worse, for a “high” net optimism score (optimists minus pessimists) of plus 29.

The SWS asked respondents: “In your opinion, what will be the quality of your life in the coming 12 months?” and were told to choose from two answers: “Will be better” (optimists) or “Will be worse” (pessimists).

Better economy

The same survey found that 33 percent were optimistic the Philippine economy would be better this year while 14 percent were pessimistic, for a “very high” net optimism score of plus 19.

But the survey also found a bigger proportion (32 percent) saying their life had worsened compared to a year ago (losers) while 25 percent said their life had improved over the same period (gainers), for a “fair” net score of minus 8.

Across classes, net optimism about their own quality of life ranged from a “high” plus 24 among class E to a “very high” plus 40 among classes ABC. It was at plus 30 (“very high”) among class D.

Very high in Metro

Across areas, it ranged from a “fair” plus 19 in Mindanao to a “very high” plus 35 in Metro Manila and the Balance of Luzon. It was at plus 23 (“high”) in the Visayas.

Net optimism on the economy across classes, on the other hand, ranged from a “very high” plus 16 among class E to a “very high” plus 28 among classes ABC. It was at plus 19 (“very high”) among class D.

Net economic optimism across areas ranged from a “high” plus 9 in Mindanao to a “very high” plus 26 in Balance Luzon. It was at plus 11 in the Visayas and at plus 21 in Metro Manila (both “very high” scores).

Meanwhile, the net percentage of gainers over losers across classes was a “very high” plus 29 among classes ABC, a “fair” minus 7 among class D and a “mediocre” minus 17 among class E.

Across areas, the net percentage score of gainers over losers was a “fair” minus 7 in Metro Manila, zero in Luzon outside Metro Manila (“fair”), minus 13 in the Visayas (“mediocre”), and minus 18 in Mindanao (“mediocre”).

For net personal optimism, SWS considers scores of plus 30 and above as “very high”; scores from plus 20 to plus 29, “high”; plus 10 to plus 19, “fair”; plus 1 to plus 9, “mediocre”; zero to minus 9, “low”; and minus 10 and below, “very low.”

Face-to-face interviews

For net economic optimism and net gainers, SWS classifies scores from plus 10 and above “very high”; plus 1 to plus 9, “high”; minus 9 to zero, “fair”; minus 10 to minus 19, “mediocre”; minus 20 to minus 29, “low”; minus 30 and below, “very low”

The survey used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.—Inquirer Research

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  • EdgarEdgar

    The longest Christmas of the world starts in September for the Philippines. Great expectations peak during week 2 and 3 of December until the morning after merrymakers realized they’ve splurged all their bonuses on presents and gifts and many more. If you want to show Filipinos at our most upbeat, the best time to conduct a survey would be roughly around the time SWS conducted its survey. Come late January, it’s all back to normal. Business as usual. Not even the high GDP growth rates or stronger peso or rosier propaganda will change reality. At least that’s what World Bank said about the Philippines recently.

    • buttones

      I don’t think this sort of ”reckless optimism” is limited to PH, although we do seem to be leaders in this field. I mean starting Christmas in September is rather unique to PH. I’m sure many a family in the west, faced with a January Visa bill, or the Amex [even worse] will not have a very positive attitude effect to many. And leading up to all this is the guilt trip, a parent who cannot afford the latest vogue present for his kid, he doesn’t want to be a failure so he extends his credit, to appease the child, so the child ’respects’ his father or mother … The insidious face of commercialism – buy or be perceived as a failure…..

      • Crazy_horse101010

        christmas doesnt really start until nov. 25 in america and even then we get sick of it and rarely any carolers they are just church groups i still have carolers coming to my house..

      • buttones

        You evoke simple memories, being a Filipina I was always told the event started in in the fall, when a month ended in ’er’ and, ending up in West Vancouver for a time I always remember carolers coming to my door, [I think it was Christmas Eve] singing Silent Night- in German actually- one of them had a guitar, how he kept the thing in tune with the snow falling I have no idea! They were of course invited in, and left a bit ’merry’- but it was December, it was Christmas time, September is NOT the time! Mind you, having said all that, February is hardly the time to be selling Easter eggs either is it… but they do……

  • asdafaa qwesda

    “the survey also found a bigger proportion (32 percent) saying their life
    had worsened compared to a year ago (losers) while 25 percent said
    their life had improved over the same period (gainers), for a “fair” net
    score of minus 8.”

    The problem with these surveys is they are inherently subjective and are hence biased with social envy. A person may feel worse off if his neighbor becomes better off despite his lot not worsening or improving. A sort of “keeping up with the Joneses effect”. Far better would be a survey of real income among the different classes.

    Although it would probably result in similar result given that we have a huge surplus supply of low skilled labor which depresses wage growth. Attempt at legislating wage growth against market forces would depress jobs growth.

  • thunderbolt01

    Mas mabuti pang basahin ko na lang ang horoscope ko kesa sa paniwalaan itong survey na ito. Puro kabulastugan ang sinasabi.

    • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

       yung sa libre sa mrt

  • pedronimo

    These surveys confuse more than enlighten the mind. How can 1200 respondents be representative of national pulse of a population of nearly 100 million people. Katarantaduhan? Hogwash!

    • buttones

      I agree, I think this basket of 1200 people hardly reflects an opinion , realistically 60 million [ kids aside] 12,000 maybe might be better, 120,000 even more so. Of course this is more expensive for the surveyor, and the client as well……..

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    sana tinanong din nila yung nasa kabundukan/malalayong lugar na hindi nararating ng sasakyan para malaman din natin

  • billy gunner

    syempre maa-upbeat ka dahil maliban sa 500 na binibigay sa yo ng nagsusurvey, may libre pang snacks.

    • benjpal

       dati nakakuha ako ng libreng tupperware

  • PinoyDude

    True, this survery does not reflect the sentiment of the general population. However, there are some things that a regular Filipino can do to make his life better.

    1. Attend a skills training seminar.  Go to your local government office for opportunities to attend adult night school to acquire skills that can earn you a living. Knowledge is power.

    2. Money is a concern in any part of the world. The problem that I see with people is they want to keep up with their well-off neighbors. Live within your means.

    • buttones

      Well I tend to think the result of this sort of survey is also is a bit meaningless. On knowledge is power, it is certainly true, armed with this golden key of ‘knowledge’ in this or that the gates can be opened, to one extent or another, many of us learned this, but it was never ’power’ we sought really- just a good job, a reasonable future, the rest of this ’power’ we left to people who seek power for powers sake… and I might add the holders of this ’power’ seem to have little knowledge about anything……. Yes live within your means, cut your cloth according to your purse.. 

  • Jarred Pulido

    statistics is not easy. i have trouble with in college. but it is also a science. so deal with it. if you don’t agree that is all good but please present evidence not your usual baseless rants.

    • buttones

      I am not too sure who your post was addressed to but the science of statistics is “The practice or science of collecting and analyzing numerical data in large quantities.” Would you consider 1200 souls out of say a respondent base of maybe 60 million a large quantity? Is this sample they use [in this case] big enough to draw a definitive conclusion from? Had this sample been 10 times larger, would it have given the same result? Personally I think this particular question of – “Are you upbeat,” [ whatever that means] is a subjective, emotive question anyway, it is so variable from day to day, one day we might be up, the next day down. If a question is presented about, say, “Do you prefer product A over product B” [not a very well framed question anyway] well the answer will be objective…….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Yes! this program WORKS. i HOPE the Aquino administration will not let this beneficiaries to be dependent from the help of government which taken from the KABAN NG BAYAN. Long time beneficiaries must learned to the HELP THE GOVERNMENT(a group of people trying to build a good, peaceful and abundant society)

  • JasonBieber

    The more Filipinos are just the PNoy KKK’s. As for the rest of the Filipino masses who are poor and starving…things are not so upbeat.

    Maybe the SWS weren’t able to conduct the survey with those people because those people were to hungry to take a survey. It must not be upbeat for the typhoon ‘Pablo’ victims and the Sulu people and the rest of the poor Filipinos since they have been ignored by this Administration.

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