9 of every 10 Filipinos welcome year 2019 with hope, says SWS survey

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More than 9 out 10 of Filipinos have positive outlook while welcoming the year 2019, according to the Social Weather Station (SWS) survey in the last quarter of 2018 released on December 31.

In the SWS survey conducted from December 16 to 19 last year 1,440 adult Filipinos were asked to answer the question: “Is it with hope or with fear that you enter the coming year?”

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Ninety two percent (92%) answered that they are hopeful. The result may be a 4-point lower from the record in 2017 with 96 percent, but the recent SWS survey result still considered “high” as the same of result in 2008, 2012, and 2015.

Based on the SWS report, Filipinos’ “hope of the New Year has always been high.” In the year 2000 when the agency began conducting the annual survey, 87 percent of Filipinos appeared to be optimistic in welcoming the new year.

SWS survey results made significant increases in number at 88 percent in 2001 and 95 percent in 2002. In the following year 2003, it fell down a bit to 90 percent, and to its lowest at 81% in 2004.

The numbers gained its high-record momentum with 91 percent to 92 percent in 2006 up to 2008, and in 2009 it fell to 89 percent before recovering back at 2010 with 93 percent.

In the last 8 years, from 2010 to 2018, Social Weather Stations recorded results all at 90 levels, with highest at 96 percent in 2017.

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Atom Pornel is a tourism and broadcast journalism major who loves local art and heritage and is passionate about anything good news from the Philippines. Born from a Bicolano-Odionganon father and Waray mother, he has grown appreciation of our diversity as nation.