SWS: 36% of working-age Filipinos don’t see quality of life improvement in next 12 months
MANILA, Philippines — Thirty-six percent of Filipinos expressed pessimism when asked if they expect their quality of life to improve within the next 12 months, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
The latest survey released on Friday asked 1,555 Filipinos aged 18 years old and above if they think their quality of life will improve in the next 12 months.
The survey revealed that 36 percent are pessimistic, 30 percent said that they are expecting their quality of life to stay the same. The remaining 26 percent said they are expecting their quality of life to improve.
The pollster added that the survey results also yielded a net optimism score of -10, which SWS classified as “very low.”
However, the SWS also noted that the net optimism score was higher, compared to the -18 net optimism score from the May 2020 survey, which was dubbed as a “record low” in the polling body’s 37-year history.
SWS previously asked 4,010 working-age Filipinos if they expect their quality of life to improve within the next 12 months, to which 43 percent said they were pessimistic about it.
“Net Optimism is rarely negative. Only 10 percent of all SWS surveys recorded a score of net zero or lower. Moreover, only 5 out of 137 observations are within very low range,” SWS said in a media release.
SWS said that net optimism was highest in Mindanao and Balanced Luzon, which yielded at -5, followed by Metro Manila at -9, and the Visayas at -28.
When compared to the May 2020 survey, SWS said Mindanao greatly improved, as it previously recorded a -32 net optimism score in the areas.
The Visayas also improved in the net optimism score from -37 in May to -28 in July, as well as Metro Manila from -16 in May to -9 in July.
Balanced Luzon, however, hardly changed from a -4 net optimism score in May to -5 in July.
The latest survey was conducted using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI), and had sampling error margins of ±2 percent for national percentages, ±6 percent for Metro Manila, ±5 percent for Balance Luzon, ±5 percent for the Visayas, and ±5 percent for Mindanao.
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