SWS survey shows more Filipinos expect better life, economy in 2018
More Filipinos remain optimistic that their lives as well as the country’s economy would get better in 2018, according to a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
The SWS survey disclosed that 49% of Filipino adults expect their personal quality of life to get better in 2018 while 3% expect theirs to get worse, resulting into a “record-high” net personal optimism of +46.
“This is four points above the excellent +42 (47% Optimists, 4% Pessimists) in September 2017, and matches the record-high level that was first achieved in June 2016,” the SWS said in a media release on Tuesday.
In addition, the SWS said 41% of Filipinos said their lives improved in 2017, while 18% said their lives have worsened, which posted a “new record-high” net score of +23, which is classified as “excellent.”
The social research institution said net personal optimism on the quality of life has been “excellent,” or +40 and above, for the past two years, except in March 2017 when its highest only reached +36.
‘Excellent’ optimism on economy
At the same time, the SWS said 52% of Filipinos were optimistic the country’s economy would get better, while 9% said it would decline, resulting into a +42 net optimism on the economy.
“This is 12 points above the excellent +30 (43% Optimistic about the Economy, 12% Pessimistic about the Economy, correctly rounded) in September 2017, and the highest since the excellent +43 in December 2016,” it said.
Net optimism among Filipinos in all areas of the country also remained “excellent,” or +20 and above, the SWS said.
The polling body said optimism was “excellent” in Mindanao at +61, Luzon at +40, Metro Manila at +36, and Visayas at +30.
The SWS said net optimism about the economy has been “excellent” since December 2015.
According to the SWS, the survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide, with 300 respondents each from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The survey has a margin of error of ±3% nationwide, ±4% for Luzon, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao, the SWS said. /jpv
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