MORE Filipinos are optimistic that their lives and the country’s economy will get better this year, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
Based on results of the non-commissioned poll conducted from December 8 to 16 last year, 49 percent of Filipinos expect that their personal quality of life will improve in the next 12 months, while only 3 percent expect it to get worse.
This results in a “record-high” Net Personal Optimism score of +46, which is classified by SWS as “excellent.” The figure is also four points higher than the previous +42 in the September 2017 survey.
According to SWS, the country’s December 2017 Net Personal Optimism likewise matches the record-high level that was first achieved in June 2016 when Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office.
“The four-point rise in Net Personal Optimism nationwide was due to increases in Balance Luzon and Mindanao, combined with a steady score in the Visayas, and a decline in Metro Manila, from September 2017 to December 2017,” SWS said in a media release on Tuesday, January 9.
In Balance Luzon, the Net Personal Optimism rose from “very high” +39 in September to “excellent” +45 in December; while in Mindanao, it rose from +46 in September to +50 in December, staying under “excellent” category.
The Net Personal Optimism in the Visayas also remained at “very high” +39 from September to December. In Metro Manila, it went down by 3 points from +52 in September to +49 in December but stayed under “excellent” category.
The survey results also showed that the Net Personal Optimism remains “excellent” in classes ABC and D, and “very high” in class E.
“Net Personal Optimism stayed excellent in class ABC, up by 6 points from +53 in September 2017 to +59 (correctly rounded) in December 2017. It stayed excellent in class D, or the masa, up by 5 points from +42 in September to +47 in December,” SWS said.
In class E, however, it went down by 5 points from +38 in September to +33 (correctly rounded) in December.
The same survey also showed that 52 percent of Filipinos are optimistic that the country’s economy will “get better” this year while only nine percent feel that it would “deteriorate,” resulting to a Net Optimism about the Economy score of “excellent” +42.
The latest figure is 12 points higher than the excellent +30 in September 2017, and the highest since the excellent +43 in December 2016.
“The 12-point rise in national Net Optimism about the Economy was due to increases in all areas,” SWS said.
Results showed Net Optimism about the Economy also stayed “excellent” in all areas.
In Mindanao, the Net Optimism about the Economy went up by 10 points from +51 in September 2017 to +61 in December 2017; while in the Visayas, it went up by six points from +24 in September to +30 in December.
It also rose by 17 points in Balance Luzon from +23 in September to +40 in December, and in Metro Manila by 6 points from +30 in September to +36 in December.
Net Optimism about the economy likewise stayed “excellent” in all classes.
In class D, it went up by 13 points from +30 in September to +43 in December; while in class E by 9 points from +32 in September to +41 in December. In class ABC, however, the figure went down by 2 points from +33 in September to +31 in December.