'Record high': Most Filipinos see their lives getting worse in the next 12 months — survey

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 23) — A "record high" number of Filipinos expect their lives to worsen in the next 12 months, a survey by pollster Social Weather Stations showed.

In a report released Tuesday, the SWS said 43 percent of working-age Filipinos polled via a mobile phone on May 4-10 said they see their quality of life worsening (Pessimists).

This number is a new record, beating the previous number of 34 percent set in March 2005, according to the SWS.

Meanwhile, 24 percent said they expect their lives to stay the same, and 24 percent they expect it to improve (Optimists) in the next 12 months

The survey was conducted among 4,010 Filipinos nationwide who were 15 years old and above.

SWS noted that net optimism was lower among those with less education and those who lost their jobs and those whose pay was cut.

The same survey found 83 percent of those polled reported that their quality of life has worsened. 

"The 83 pecent proportion of Losers in May 2020 is a new peak in the 37-year series of 135 SWS surveys, breaking the previous record 62 percent Losers in June 2008," the pollster noted.

The survey had a sampling error margin of ±2% for national percentages.