NINETY-SIX percent of Filipinos said they are entering 2018 with hope —a new all-time high surpassing the previous record of 95 percent achieved in 2002, 2011, and 2016, the latest Social Weather Stations survey revealed Friday.
The latest survey, conducted from Dec. 8 to 16, also revealed that only 4 percent will enter the New Year with fear, the lowest since the 4 percent in 2011. This is one point below the 5 percent in 2016.
On the other hand, 46 percent of Filipinos said they made New Year’s resolutions for 2017. Of that number, 18 percent say at least most of their New Year’s resolutions have been, or will be, fulfilled, 12 percent said most of them, 23 percent said a few, and 4 percent said almost none or none. The remaining 1 percent did not give an answer.
Hope for the New Year has always been high and widespread in all areas: it was highest in Balance Luzon at 97 percent, followed by Metro Manila at 96 percent, Mindanao at 95 percent, and Visayas at 95 percent.
Compared to last year, New Year hope rose by 2 points among those who expected a happy Christmas, from 96 percent in 2016 to 98 percent in 2017.
However, it fell by 3 points among those who expected a neither happy nor sad Christmas, from 93 percent in 2016 to 90 percent in 2017.
It fell by 4 points among those who expected a sad Christmas, from 92 percent in 2016 to 88 percent in 2017.
The survey question on hope versus fear about the coming year was patterned after the polls conducted annually by the Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach (IfDAllensbach), often referred to more simply as the “Allensbach Institute,” one of the most well-known and respected opinion and market research institutes in Germany today.
The December 2017 Social Weather Survey, fielded amongst 1,200 adults had sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages. –