One in three Filipinos feel that their lives are worse this year than last year, according to a quality of life survey by the Social Weather Station (SWS) released on Thursday, June 16.
The survey, conducted from April 19 to 27 through face-to-face interviews with 1,440 adult respondents, said that 34% of the respondents believe that the quality of their lives took a sharp turn for the worse this year while, on the other hand, 32% said that they feel that their lives have improved. The remaining 34% said that there have been no practical changes in their lives.
‘Net gainer scores negative since pandemic’
If all are taken into account, the total net gainer score of the said survey is at -2, a “fair” score based on the metrics of the SWS, an improvement based on the SWS’ December 21 edition of the same survey, which gained a total net gainer score of -16, which is equivalent to “mediocre,” and well below the pre-pandemic score of +18.
SWS also pointed out that the surveys have consistently yielded a positive net gainer score since 2016, but changed when the pandemic hit in March 2020.
“The survey question on the respondents’ assessment of their change in quality-of-life in the past 12 months has been fielded 144 times since April 1983,” the SWS explained, noting that while improvements have been recorded when the economy reopened, it has not yet been in the positive range.
Net gainer scores have improved across all locales, with Visayas recording the highest increase with a 19-point jump from December 2021 -31 to -12 in April 2022. This was followed with a 14-point increase by Metro Manila, from -11 to +4, then Balance Luzon with a 13-point jump from -11 to +1, and then Mindanao from -15 to -4.
According to SWS, it also found correlation between the hunger people feel and those who say their lives got worse. “The April 2022 survey found that 12.2% of Filipino families, or an estimated 3.1 million, experienced involuntary hunger – being hungry and not having anything to eat – at least once in the past three months,” the SWS report said.
SWS said that their sampling error margins are 2.6% nationwide, and 5.2% for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments in politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. The views expressed are his own.
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