Majority of Filipinos 'very happy with their love life,' SWS reports

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) — It's a happy Valentine's Day for most Filipinos according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) national survey.

Around 51% of Filipinos said they are "very happy with their love life" in an SWS survey conducted on December 2018. Meanwhile, 36% said they "could be happier" and 13% said they do not have a love life.

This is a slight drop from its 2017 figures which noted that 57% of respondents said their love lives were "very happy." However, in the same year, only 29% said they could have a happier love life while 14% said they did not have a love life.  

The results did not show a strong distinction according to sex since half of both men and women said they were happy with their love life — 53% of men and 50% of women said they were very happy. However, the results showed there were more happy people among married respondents, with a result of 64%, followed by people who are with live-in partners at 44%. Those who were single and happy were at 31%. 

A majority of respondents, around 55%, who said they could be happier were with live-in partners. Only 35% who said they could be happier were married and 27% were single.  

Meanwhile, of the men who said they were happy with their love life, majority, about 53 to 58%, were 25 years of age and above, while 47 to 59% of happy women ranged from 25 to 54 years old. 

SWS compared the data for the past 16 years since they first started the survey in 2002, showing that the number of Filipinos who were "very happy" with their love life reached a record-high at 59% in 2011. It suffered it lowest figure in 2004 with 46%. The results stayed at the 50s levels in the remaining years except for a brief decline at 49% in 2014.   


Age preference 

Does age matter? More women than men believe so according to the survey results.  

SWS showed that Filipino women were relatively unwilling to be with somebody younger. The results showed 58% were not willing, while 23% were willing to date someone ten years younger than them.  

Meanwhile, only 48% of men were willing to date someone younger while 31% were unwilling.  

An age gap matters more for women who are 18 to 24 years old than other age groups — 65% said it matters while 33% said it did not matter. On the other hand, age gaps matter more for older men. The survey said 54% who said age gap matters were 55 years old and above, while 38% said it does not matter.  

More women compared to men were willing to date someone ten years older than them. For women, 54% said they were willing to date someone older while 28% said otherwise. For men, 43% were willing to date someone older while 33% were unwilling.  

The survey was conducted in December 16 to 19, 2018 with 1,440 respondents, aged 18 years old and above, through face-to-face interviews. There were 360 respondents each from Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao. The survey has a sampling error margin of 2.6% for national percentages, and 5% each for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.