During the third quarter survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS), more Filipinos said they are optimistic of a better 2014.
For the next 12 months, 40 percent of the total respondents claimed to expect improvements in the quality of their lives while 6% said otherwise.
From a net +28 “high” (35 percent optimistic and 7 percent pessimistic) in the previous quarter, the result was ‘up’ to a net +35 “very high” (40 percent optimistic and 6% pessimistic) in the September 20-23 survey conducted by SWS.
Likewise, the respondents showed confidence in the economy with a “very high” net at +17 which is unchanged from the previous quarter survey.
The survey was conducted before the catastrophic 7.2 earthquake magnitude that rocked Bohol and Cebu and before the Super Typhoon Yolanda wrought havoc in Leyte and Samar provinces.
Net personal optimism rose to “very high” across all socioeconomic classes. From a “high” +27 among D, it rose to “very high” +33. The survey also showed 17-point-gain to +49 from ABC and five-point- gain to +36 among E.
By region, optimism rose five points in Luzon, 11 points in Mindanao and 13 points in Visayas. However, the score dipped by two points in Metro Manila but still tipping the “very high” mark.
Optimism in the economy rose by 16 points among ABC and 17 points among D but fell by nine points among the E class.
By region, optimism in the economy is still at “very high” except in Metro Manila.
However, when asked about the change in their personal life for past year, 36 percent said it worsened while 24 percent said it improved.
The survey conducted last September includes face-to-face interviews from 1,200 adults nationwide. The margin of errors were plus or minus 2 percent for national and plus or minus 6 percent for area percentages.