Despite having faced various challenges this year, 89 percent of Filipinos remain optimistic that the coming New Year would be a better one, results of a Pulse Asia survey showed.
Pulse Asia surveyed 1,800 registered voters who are 18 years old and above from December 4 to 11. The nationwide survey has a 2 percent margin of error at 95 percent confidence level.
The survey respondents were asked, “Will you face the coming year with/maybe with or without/without hope?”
A total of 89 percent answered “with hope” while 11 percent said they may face the new year “with or without hope,” while one percent said they will do so “without hope.”
Residents in Metro Manila (95 percent) are more hopeful about the year ahead than those in Luzon (89 percent), Visayas, (85 percent) and Mindanao (88 percent).
On the other hand, one percent of Filipinos said they will face the next 12 months without hope, while 11 percent expressed indecision on the matter, as they admit being unable to say whether they will face 2016 with or without hope.
Before the weeks leading to the fieldwork and during the survey period, local and international issues that dominated the headlines were: the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) by candidates for various positions in the May 2016 elections, the Philippines’ hosting of the APEC summit, the tanim-bala or laglag-bala (bullet-planting) scam, the aftermath of Typhoon Lando and the increase in power rates of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).