Most Filipinos find hope in 2009

Nine of ten Filipinos see hope in New Year – survey | 12/29/2008 4:30 PM

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An overwhelming majority of Filipinos are still welcoming the New Year filled with hope, according to the results of a recent survey.

Nine out of ten (92%) of adult Filipinos are entering the New Year with hope rather than fear, said the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Monday as it released the results of its Fourth Quarter Social Weather Survey.

SWS said the survey result is similar to the 91% posted in 2006 and in 2007. It said that surveys from 2000 to 2004 showed New Year hope ranged from 81% to 95%.

The polling organization also said that in Germany, where the survey question originated, those expressing hope ranged from 31% to 58% in 1991 to 2002. It said Germans’ hope in the coming year has not exceeded 58% since 1991.

It said the survey question on hope versus fear about the New Year was patterned after annual surveys done by the Allensbach Institute of Demoskopy which it said is a pioneering opinion research center in Germany.

The survey asked respondents – “Ang darating na taon ba ay inyong sasalubungin ng may pag-asa o pangamba?” The repondents had to choose either “Sasalubingin ang taon ng may pag-asa” or “Sasalubingin ang taon ng may pangamba.

Widespread and across all classes
SWS said that hopes for the New Year were high in all areas – 94% in Visayas, 92% in both Balance Luzon and Mindanao, and 89% in Metro Manila.

It said the 2008 result in Mindanao slightly increased to 92% from 87% in 2007; slightly declined to 89% from the record-high 95% in 2007 in Metro Manila while in the Balance of Luzon, it barely changed to 92% from 91%, and stayed at 94% in Visayas.

SWS said that hopes for the coming year are also high across socio-economic classes – 92% among the middle to upper classes ABC, 92% among the masa D class, and 90% among the very poor class E.

It said that among classes ABC, hopefulness slightly increased, from 88% in 2007 to 92% in 2008. Among class D, it remained 92% as in 2007 while it slightly declined in class E from 91% to 90%.

SWS also said that the among the 63% who expected a happy Christmas in 2008, 95% are entering the coming year with hope. It said however that even among the 8% who expect a sad Christmas, as many as 76% look forward to 2009 with hope.

SWS said that its Fourth Quarter of 2008 Social Weather Survey was conducted over November 28 – December 1, 2008 using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults in Metro Manila, the Balance of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao (sampling error margins of ±2.5% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao, and ±4% for Balance Luzon). It said area estimates were weighted by National Statistics Office medium-population projections for 2008 to obtain the national estimates.

The survey was not commissioned, said the poll organization.

SOURCE: ABS-CBN News Online, nine-ten-filipinos-see-hope-new-year-survey


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