Majority of Filipinos 'very happy' with love life, poll shows

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 14 2019 01:08 AM | Updated as of Feb 14 2019 12:42 PM

MANILA - Majority of Filipinos are happy with their love life, according to a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

SWS said 51 percent of adult Filipinos are "very happy" with their love life, while 36 percent say it could be happier.

In 2017, 57 percent of respondents said they were "very happy" with their love life.

When SWS first conducted the survey in 2002, the fraction of people who said their love life was "very happy" was at 58 percent. 

It reached a record-high 59 percent in 2011.

The new survey also showed 50 percent of Filipinos believe age gap matters in a relationship.

More than half or 54 percent of men aged 55 and above say age gap matters, according to the poll.

On the other hand, 49 percent of men aged 23 to 34 say age gap does not matter, compared to 44 percent who say it does.

Women of all ages believe the age gap in a relationship matters. It matters most among women aged 18 to 24 at 65 percent, followed by women aged 55 and above at 54 percent.

Forty-eight percent of women aged 35 to 44 and 45 to 55 say age gap matters, while more women between the ages of 25 to 34 say the age gap does not matter (49 percent).

In general, women are not willing to have a relationship with someone 10 years younger than them, with 58 percent of respondents saying they are not willing, and 23 percent saying they are willing.

Forty-eight percent of men, on the other hand, say they are willing to have a relationship with someone 10 years younger.

The survey also showed women across all age groups are more willing than their male counterparts to have a relationship with someone older.

Majority of women aged 35 to 44 are willing to have a relationship with older men (60 percent) while only 48 percent of men in the same age range said they are willing to have a relationship with older women.

In general, half of men (53 percent) and women (50 percent) say they are happy with their love life.

Those who say they are "very happy" with their love life is highest among married men (64 percent) and women (59 percent).

Men aged 25 and above, and women aged 25 to 34, also have happier love life than those in other age groups.

The December 2018 survey interviewed 1,440 adult respondents using face-to-face interviews. Of the respondents, 360 each came from Metro Manila, balance of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The December 16 to 19 survey has sampling error margins of ±2.6% for national percentages, and ±5% each for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.