Most Filipinos welcome 2019 with hope – SWS

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Hope among Filipinos at the entry of the new year remains high despite a slight dip, the Social Weather Stations survey revealed Monday.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 31) — Hope among Filipinos at the entry of the new year remains high despite a slight dip, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on New Year's Eve.

The SWS found 92 percent of its adult Filipino respondents are entering 2019 with hope rather than fear. This is 4 points down from the record-high 96 percent last year.

The remaining 8 percent will enter the New Year with fear.

The dip in the overall new hope rating from 2017 to 2018 was due to declines in all areas, particularly in the Visayas, which surpassed a record-low.

New Year hope fell by 16 points in the Visayas, from 95 percent in 2017 to a record-low 79 percent in 2018. This is down from the previous record-low of 83 percent in 2000 and 2001.

Hope also declined across all socio-economic classes. It fell by 7 points in class ABC, down to 90 percent this year. The 'masa,' or class D, also saw a 4-point decline from 96 percent to 92 percent in 2018.

In Class E, the record-high 94 percent in 2017 sank to 91 percent this year.

The December 2018 survey was conducted from December 16 to 19, 2018 using face-to-face interviews of 1,440 adults.