57% of adult Filipinos think life got worse in the past year — SWS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) — More than half of adult Filipinos believe that their quality of life got worse in the past 12 months, a survey released Tuesday by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.

According to the survey conducted Sept. 12-16, 57% of respondents said their life worsened in the past year (losers), 13% said it got better (gainers), and 29% said their life remained the same (unchanged).

The SWS said the resulting net gainers score (the percent of gainers minus the percent of losers) for September is –44, which is considered as “extremely low.”

Moreover, the SWS said the net gainers score in all areas in the country have worsened. In Metro Manila, the net gainers score worsened by two grades to a "catastrophic" -51 in September from a "very low" -30 in June, SWS added.

Meanwhile, the net gainers score in other parts of the country is extremely low in September: -41 in Balance Luzon, -46 in Visayas, and –47 in Mindanao.

By educational attainment, the net gainers score is lowest among non-elementary graduates and junior high school graduates, both at –46, which is considered extremely low.

The net gainers score among elementary graduates is also extremely low in September at –3, while those among college graduates is –26, which is low according to SWS.

The following are the classifications of net gainers scores: The grade “excellent” is applied to scores at +20 and above; “very high” to scores between +10 and +19; “high” to scores between +1 and +9; “fair” to scores between –9 and zero; “mediocre” to scores between –19 and –10; “low” to scores between –29 and –20; “very low” to scores between –39 and –30; “extremely low” to scores at –49 to –40; and “catastrophic” to scores –50 and below.

The non-commissioned survey interviewed 1,200 adults nationwide. It has a sampling error margin of ±3% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.