3 of 5 Filipinos choose career over love life - survey

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) — There are more important things than love - or so a recent survey shows.

Three out of five or 60 percent of Filipinos said they will choose their career over their love life if they had to, according to a survey by private pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS).

"In general, majorities of 60 percent among women and 57 percent among men choose career over love life," the SWS said.

Not surprisingly, most of those who picked their career over relationships are single, at 81 percent.

Around 82 percent of men and 80 percent of women who are either widowed, separated, or divorced said they would pick their jobs over relationships.

Meanwhile, 77 percent of men and 83 percent of women who never married said they would choose career over relationships.

Some committed people would also make the same choice: almost half of married men and those living with partners would also pick their profession over their love life.

The number of women who would choose the same is higher: 65 percent among those with live-in partners, and 49 percent of those who are married.

Best of both worlds

Most people do not have to pick: they have the best of both worlds.

Eight of 10 Filipinos said it is possible to succeed in love life and career at the same time. In fact, 66 percent of these said they have already experienced it.

Most of those who said so are married, or living with their partners.

"By sex, 68 percent of men and 63 percent of women experienced having a successful love life and career at the same time," SWS said.

In addition, those who believe they can be successful in both career and love life have a "very happy love life" to begin with, and those who chose love life over career, the private pollster added.

Happy, happier, no love life

Out of 10 Filipinos, six have a very happy love life, three said it could be happier, and only one does not have a special someone.

Last year, married Filipinos registered as the happiest with their love lives at 65 percent, while 33 percent said their marriage could be happier.

The survey was conducted from December 8 to 16, 2017 through face-to-face interviews of 1,200 Filipinos aged 18 years and above.