Filipinos’ optimism hits record high – SWS

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(File photo) Most Filipinos are expecting their quality of life and the country’s economy to improve within the first year of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Days before President Rodrigo Duterte took office,  almost half of Filipinos said they expected their quality of life to improve within the first 12 months of his administration, according to a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The June 24-27 survey showed 49 percent of Filipinos were “optimists” because they expected their lives to get better within one year. Only 3 percent said they expected life to get worse, yielding a net optimism score of +46 percent, SWS said Friday.

The SWS classifies scores of at least +30 percent as “very high.”

The latest net optimism score surpasses the "very high" +40 percent recorded last April.

The survey polled 1,200 adults nationwide and has a margin of error of ±3 percent. The results were first published on BusinessWorld Friday.

The survey showed optimism was “very high” across the country: +56 in Metro Manila, +54 in Mindanao, +42 in Visayas and +41 in Luzon.

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Net optimism was “very high” for Filipinos in income class D, or the “masa,” at +49 and the poorest class E at +39.

Although optimism among class ABC remained “very high” as well, it fell 10 points from April's +47 to the latest +37.

Six in 10 Filipinos also expected the country's economy to improve, the survey said. Some 60 percent anticipated a better economy within Duterte's first year in office, while only 4 percent saw worse, for a net optimism score of +56. It surpassed the +39 score recorded last December.

For the economy, SWS classifies a net optimism score of at least +10 as “very high.”

Filipinos’ trust and optimism in the government were evidently high at the start of Duterte’s term.

The SWS earlier reported that 63 percent of Filipinos think Duterte can make good on "most, if not all" of his promises, and 84 percent, or 8 in 10 Filipinos, said they have “much trust” in the country’s 16th president.

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