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44% of Filipinos Optimistic About Improved Quality of Life in Next 12 Months, SWS Reports

Quality of Life for Filipinos
In a recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), optimism about future quality of life among Filipinos remains robust, despite a slight increase in pessimism compared to previous findings.

Public Sentiment on Quality of Life Outlook

The survey, conducted from March 21 to 25, revealed that 44% of respondents anticipate an improvement in their quality of life over the next year. This figure mirrors the results from the December 2023 survey, indicating consistent optimism among the populace.

Conversely, 7% of respondents expressed a belief that their quality of life would worsen, up from 5% in the previous survey. The remaining 44% foresee no significant change in their circumstances.

The overall sentiment, while still categorized as “very high” by SWS standards, saw a marginal decline in net optimism, with the latest score at +37. This score is calculated by subtracting the percentage of respondents expecting a decline in their quality of life from those anticipating an improvement.

Regional and Educational Variances in Outlook

Regional variations in optimism were observed, with respondents from different areas showing varying levels of positivity. Residents of Luzon showed the highest net personal optimism at +44, followed closely by Metro Manila at +42. In contrast, Mindanao and the Visayas reported scores of +32 and +24 respectively, reflecting regional differences in outlook.

Educational attainment also influenced respondents’ expectations, with college graduates exhibiting the highest net personal optimism at +44, followed closely by high school graduates at +43. Those with lower levels of education, such as elementary and non-elementary graduates, showed comparatively lower optimism scores.

The survey, which polled 1,500 adult respondents nationwide, maintains a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percent for national percentages. Despite variations in sentiment across demographics and regions, the overall outlook for the next 12 months remains positive for a significant portion of the Filipino population.


Despite a slight uptick in pessimism, the recent survey by the Social Weather Stations reveals robust optimism among Filipinos regarding their future quality of life. With 44% anticipating improvements and only 7% foreseeing declines, the overall sentiment remains “very high”. Regional differences highlight higher optimism in Luzon and Metro Manila compared to Mindanao and the Visayas, reflecting diverse outlooks across the country.

Similarly, educational attainment influences optimism levels, with college graduates showing the highest positivity. Overall, while acknowledging variations, the majority of respondents maintain a positive outlook for the coming year, underscoring resilience and optimism within the Filipino population.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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