SWS: 46% believe life will improve in the next 12 months

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Commuters wearing face masks as protection against COVID-19 ride a train in Manila, Philippines, on April 26, 2022. An SWS survey found that nearly half of Filipinos believe that their lives will improve over the next 12 months. (Photo by Lisa Marie David/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Commuters wearing face masks as protection against COVID-19 ride a train in Manila, Philippines, on April 26, 2022. An SWS survey found that nearly half of Filipinos believe that their lives will improve over the next 12 months. (Photo by Lisa Marie David/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Sunday (September 18) found that nearly half of Filipinos are optimistic their lives will improve in the next year.

The survey, conducted from June 26 to 29 via face-to-face interviews with 1,500 Filipino adults all over the country, found that 46 per ent of respondents believe the quality of their lives will improve in the next 12 months.

40 percent think that it will just stay the same, while 4 percent believe that it will worsen. Another 11 percent did not give an answer.

The net personal optimism score was at +42 which was "excellent", according to the SWS.

SWS used "optimists" to refer to those who believe that the quality of their lives will improve, "pessimists" for those who think it will worsen, and "no change" for those who believe it will stay the same.

"The June 2022 net personal optimism score is 3 points above the very high +39 in April 2022. It is similar to the excellent +42 in December 2021, and just 2 points below the pre-pandemic level of excellent +44 in December 2019," SWS said.

This was down to increases in Mindanao, Visayas, and Balance Luzon (Luzon without Metro Manila), while Metro Manila recorded a steady score, the SWS said.

Net personal optimism was also "excellent" among college and junior high school graduates, although it slipped by three points from +50 to +46 and +45 to +46 respectively, "very high" among elementary graduates from +30 to +39, and "high" among non-elementary graduates, from +33 to +28.

The poll was the last one conducted under the administration of former President Rodrigo Duterte.

The survey had sampling error margins of ±2.5 per cent for national percentages, ±5.7 per cent for Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao, and ±4.0 per cent for Balance Luzon.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates. The views expressed are his own.