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Optimistic Filipinos at record high—SWS

/ 03:14 PM January 26, 2016

Filipinos’ personal optimism on the quality of life has surged to a record high during the last quarter of 2015, pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) said.

The SWS survey showed that 45 percent of Filipino adults were expecting their quality of life to improve in 2016, while only five percent said otherwise.

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This resulted in a net personal optimism of “very high” +40, breaking the previous record of +37 in March last year.

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Malacañang welcomed the SWS survey results, saying that a record-high optimism among Filipinos would encourage the administration to continue its reform efforts.

“Encouraging results such as (this) continue to inspire us in government to serve our Bosses better. By aiming for growth that is not only sustained but also inclusive, the Aquino administration ensures that national progress translates to concrete benefits for our people,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement.

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“Over the past five years, such a policy has led to advancements in education, healthcare, and other social services, including the sustained expansion of our Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program. During the next elections, we trust that the Filipino people will vote to continue our upward trajectory along Daang Matuwid, and help make the Filipino dream possible for many generations to come,” he added.

Lacierda said the percentage of “optimists” rose to 38 percent from September, the highest in 28 years.

The same survey also showed that 39 percent of Filipinos expected the economy to get better in the next 12 months, 9 percent higher than the data in the previous quarter.

Those who expected the economy to deteriorate, meanwhile, dropped from 12 percent to 8 percent.

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Thirty-one percent of respondents said their quality of life improved over the past 12 months, up from 29 percent in the previous quarter.

SWS said the survey has sampling error margin +/- 3 points for national percentages. IDL

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