SWS Survey: 44% of Pinoys see better lives in 2021

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A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results show that 44% of Filipinos believe the quality of their lives will improve in the next 12 months.

Conducted on Nov. 21-25, the SWS survey results also show that 9% of them believe it will “worsen,” while 36%  said they expect no change in their quality of life.

Net personal optimism as documented is at +35, classified as very high, and is 33 points up from the mediocre +2 in September 2020. This is an improvement from the -19 in May 2020 and -10 in July 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

SWS said the 33-point recovery in the national net personal optimism score is due to hikes in all areas from September 2020 — 48 points in Mindanao, 39 points in the Visayas, 27 points in Balance Luzon, and 25 points in Metro Manila.

In November 2020, net personal optimism was higher in Mindanao (excellent +40) and Balance Luzon (very high +39) than in Metro Manila (very high +30) and the Visayas (high +25).

Among Filipinos who consider themselves “not poor”, net personal optimism is very high +36. Likewise, the score is very high among the self-rated poor at +31, while among those at the borderline, the score is excellent +42.

In November 2020, 48% of Filipino families self-rated themselves as poor, 36% were borderline, and 16% were mot poor.

SWS used face-to-face interviews with 1,500 adult Filipinos nationwide in its November 21 to 25 survey.  It’s first “in-person” interviews this year due to the Covid-19 threat.

The survey had a sampling error margin of ±2.5 percent for national percentages, ±4 percent for Balance Luzon, and ±6 percent for Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

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