92 percent of Pinoys optimistic about 2013, says Pulse Asia

Despite the trials they faced this year, most Filipinos—92 percent of them—are looking forward to 2013 with hope, pollster Pulse Asia said.

In its poll conducted Nov. 23 to 29, Pulse Asia also said only three percent face 2013 with apprehension, and four percent face 2013 without hope or apprehension.

The survey also found 90 to 96 percent of the 1,200 respondents polled across geographic areas were optimistic about 2013, radio dzBB reported Tuesday.

It added 89 to 96 percent among socio-economic classes will face the New Year with hope.

On the other hand, the survey showed nearly three out of five Filipinos—56 percent—expect their celebration of Christmas will be the same as last year.

This was despite the government's claim of a 7.1-percent economic growth

in the third quarter of 2012, said to be the fastest growth among Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.

About 34 percent of Filipinos expect a more prosperous Christmas compared to last year, while 10 percent expect this year's Christmas to be poorer. —KG, GMA News