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Most Filipinos optimistic in 2016

Most Filipinos claimed they remain optimistic about their quality of life in the next 12 months, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed yesterday.

A record-high 43 percent of Filipinos said that they are optimistic about their lives in the next 12 months while four percent were pessimistic about it. The poll showed that the +40 net personal optimism score had matched the record-high logged in December last year.

The survey was carried out on March 30 to April 2 using face-to-face interviews with 1,500 adults nationwide, SWS said.

According to the survey, the score of +40 percent is considered as “very high” while “very low” score starts at -10 and below.

The record-high optimism rate among Filipino respondents were due to the “very high” optimism rate observed in the regions where National Capital Region has moved to +42, Balance Luzon remained at +42, Visayas raised two notches to +34, and Mindanao getting +39, lower than last year.

It was also recorded that the Class ABC has +47 net personal optimism rate, Class D and E have +41 and +35 score respectively.

The poll also revealed that 35 percent expressed confidence on the economy saying that it will improve while seven percent said it will deteriorate. This showed that there was a +28 net optimism on the country’s economic status.

In December 2015, 39 percent believed that a significant change in the economy will occur while eight percent were pessimistic about it, a +30 percent net optimism was recorded.

Moreover, 29 percent said their quality of life had improved, they were tagged as the “gainers” in the survey.

However, 26 percent claimed that their lives did not improve, they were called in the poll as “losers.”

The net gainers have dropped from +5 to +3 this year. (BETHEENA UNITE)