Pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Friday revealed that 96 percent of Filipino adults remain optimistic rather than afraid entering the New Year in the fourth quarter poll conducted from 13 to 16 December 2019.
According to SWS, the percentage of Filipinos who are entering the New Year with hope is four points up from 92 percent in 2018 and it also tied the record-high achieved in 2017.
Meantime, four percent will enter the New Year with fear, down from the eight percent in 2018, which matches the record-low levels in 2017 and 2011 in the poll conducted via face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide — 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
“The Social Weather Survey items on New Year hope and New Year’s resolution are non-commissioned. They are included on SWS’s own initiative and released as a public service,” said the SWS.
The pollster stressed that hope for the New Year has always been high, starting at 87 percent when SWS first asked the question in 2000.
“It rose to 88 percent in 2001 and 95 percent in 2002 before easing to 90 percent in 2003, 81 percent in 2004, and 85 percent in 2005. It ranged from 91 percent to 92 percent from 2006 to 2008, and went up to 89 percent in 2009,” the SWS said.
“It rose to 93 percent in 2010, and has since then been at 90s levels, reaching as high as 96 percent in 2017 and 2019,” it added.