SWS: Fewer Filipinos expect economy, quality of life to improve

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A Social Weather Stations survey released Thursday, July 25 said fewer Filipinos expect their lives and the Philippine economy to improve in the next 12 months.

According to the survey, which was conducted from June 22 to 26, the net personal optimists score in the second quarter fell to +42 — a number five points lower than the +47 recorded in the first quarter.

SWS noted that the decrease was influenced by the two-point increase in Metro Manila (from +42 to +44 ) combined with declines in Balance Luzon (from +52 to +42), Mindanao (from +47 to +46) and the steady number in the Visayas (+37).

On a similar note, the survey found that fewer Filipinos believed their lives improved, with the June net gainers score of “very high” +13 being four points lower than the +17 in March.

The figure was influenced by the decreases in Metro Manila (from +21 to +18), Balance Luzon (from +19 to +14) and Mindanao (from +16 to +9). Meanwhile, the score went up in the Visayas from +12 in March to +17.

The SWS survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults. It has sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon,  Visayas and Mindanao. 

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