MANILA (UPDATE) - Filipino optimism over their quality of life and their outlook on the economy has improved after dropping to a record-low in the previous quarter, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed Thursday.
Of 1,440 Filipino adults polled in December, 45 percent said they expect their personal quality of life to improve in the next 12 months, while 5 percent expect it to worsen.
This is equivalent to a net optimism score of +40 "excellent," 13 points higher from +27 "high" in September 2018.
Filipinos who said they are optimistic that the Philippine economy would get better next year rose to 43 percent, while 11 percent said they feel it would deteriorate.
This brings the net economic optimists score to +32 "excellent," 21 points up from +11 "very high" in September 2018.
The survey also found that 37 percent of Filipinos said their lives improved over the past year (gainers) while 25 percent said their lives worsened (losers), with a total net gainers score of +12 "very high."
This is a 14-point increase from -2 "fair" in September 2018.
The fourth quarter poll was conducted from December 16 to 19, 2018. It has a margin of error of ±2.6 percent for national figures.
PALACE: SURVEY RESULT A REPUDIATION VS CRITICS
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace welcomes the result of the survey, as this shows that President Rodrigo Duterte “continues to win the hearts and minds of the Filipino people as he enters the midpoint of his six-year presidential term.”
“These results also validate previous research studies showing a decline in hunger, a decrease among Filipino families who consider themselves as 'mahirap' (poor), and an overwhelming number of Filipinos entering 2019 with hope,” he said.
Panelo said the survey result is another “repudiation” against the skeptics, left-leaning groups, militant Church members and the political opposition “who ignore or refuse to heed the people’s voice and see nothing good in the President’s tireless efforts to improve and bring about genuine and positive change to the nation.”
“Despite these positive results, the administration is not resting on its laurels and remains steadfast and committed to achieving its goal of inclusive growth to provide a comfortable life for the Filipino people,” Panelo added.