Optimism among Filipinos improves – SWS

Posted at 09/12/11 3:44 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Optimism among Filipinos has improved in June, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said.

In a report released in BusinessWorld, the pollster said 36% of respondents expect their lives would be better in the next 12 months. Only 9% claimed otherwise.

The net personal optimism score of +27 was an improvement from the +24 in March, but still off the very high +35 recorded in November 2010.

Meanwhile, the outlook on the economy also improved, with 29% saying it is optimistic and 16% saying it would go for the worse.

The net score of +14 was a recovery coming from the +4 in March.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said: “This latest snapshot of public opinion shows that government and the people are as one, in their positive attitude: based on the improved fiscal situation and policies conducive to inclusive growth of the administration.”

He said the poll showed a recognition “that parallels the recognition of improvements in governance and the economy by foreign institutions, whether in terms of the four upgrades given to the government by ratings agencies, or the latest good news on the competitiveness ranking of the Philippines jumping a truly remarkable ten points in the span of one year.”

The latest survey, conducted from June 3 to 6, utilized face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide and sampling error margins of ±3% for national and ±6% for area percentages.