SWS survey: "Very high" optimism among Filipinos under Duterte

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(File photo) A new survey released by the Social Weather Stations showed that optimism among Filipinos remains very high under the Duterte administration.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A new survey released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) shows that Filipinos remain optimistic about the economy as well as their quality of life. The nationwide survey was conducted from December 3 to 6 last year.

According to survey results released today, 37 percent (+37) of 1,500 Filipinos polled said their lives improved from 12 months prior to the survey (referred to as "gainers").

A score of at least +30 is ranked "very high," +20 to +29 is "high," +10 to +19 is "fair," +1 to +9 is "mediocre," zero to -9 is "low," and -10 and below is "very low."

The same survey showed only 21 percent (-21) said their lives worsened over the same period of time (referred to as "losers").

The SWS recorded a score of +16 percent "net gainers" (the difference between gainers and losers) – and the firm says this again falls into the "very high" category.

The pollster also says, net gainers scores in the surveys of the past two quarters are the highest in 30 years, across geographical areas and socio-economic classes.


The December survey further showed Filipinos' optimism at 48 percent said they expected life to become better in the next 12 months.

Only three percent of those surveyed said they expected life to get worse.

The difference of +45 (net optimism score), is ranked "very high" by SWS.

The score is one point off from the record +46 recorded in June 2016.

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This optimism carries over to how Filipinos think the economy will improve over the same amount of time.

The SWS survey showed 51 percent of those polled believe that the economy will get better in the next 12 months, while only eight percent say it will take a turn for the worse.

The net optimism score (the positive responses minus the negative resposes) showed a score of +43 - SWS classifies this as "very high."

According to SWS, the numbers in this category have remained in the "very high" classification since June 2016.