More Pinoys reject May-December affair, same-sex relationship

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 14 2014 03:42 PM | Updated as of Feb 14 2014 11:42 PM

MANILA – A recent survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed that majority of Filipinos are not keen on entering a "May-December affair" or a same-sex relationship.

The SWS, in its December 11-16, 2013 survey of 1,550 respondents, said 64% of adult Filipinos said there is "definitely no possibility" that they will be willing to be in a relationship with someone much older than them, "assuming they are unattached."

On the other hand, 23% of the respondents said there is "some possibility" that they will enter a May-December affair, while 13% said there is "big possibility."

In terms of area, the survey said 67% of the respondents in Metro Manila, 66% in the Visayas, 65% in Balance Luzon, and 56% in Mindanao said there is "definitely no possibility" of being in a relationship with a much older person.

Respondents in Mindanao had the highest proportion of those saying there is a "big possibility" of being in such a relationship at 18%, followed by 14% in the Visayas, 12% in Metro Manila, and 11% in Balance Luzon.

In terms of socioeconomic class, those who said there is "definitely no possibility" of being in such a relationship was highest in class ABC at 80%. This is followed by class E at 65% and class D at 62%.

Single men more likely to enter May-December affairs
Meanwhile, at 19%, partnered respondents had the highest proportion of those saying there is a "big possibility" for a May-December affair, compared to those who are married (13%) and singles (12%).

On the other hand, there is "definitely no possibility" for such a relationship among those married at 66%. This is followed by singles at 65% and those with partners at 47%.

The survey also noted that among single men, 16% of the respondents said there is a "big possibility" for entering a May-December relationship, more than double the 7% among single women.

There is little difference between men and women who are either partnered or married in terms of likelihood of entering a relationship with someone older.

The survey said 20% of men with partners and 18% of women with partners said there is a "big possibility" they will enter a May-December relationship. Married men and married women responded the same, at 12% and 14%, respectively.

Same-sex relationship

Majority of the respondents also said they do not see themselves engaging in a same-sex relationship, assuming they are unattached.

The survey said 97% of men in Metro Manila said there is "definitely no possibility" of being in a same-sex relationship; 96% in Balance Luzon; 95% in Mindanao; and 93% in the Visayas.

Women have almost the same response, with 98% in Metro Manila saying there is "definitely no possibility"; 97% in Balance Luzon; 93% in Mindanao; and 91% in the Visayas.

Only 3% of men in Mindanao, 2% in the Visayas, 1% in Metro Manila, and 1% in Balance Luzon said there is a "big possibility" to be in a same-sex relationship. Among women, it was 3% in Mindanao, 3% in the Visayas, 1% in Metro Manila, and 1% in Balance Luzon.

The likelihood of being in a same sex relationship was highest among men belonging to class E, with 11% either saying there is "some possibility" or "big possibility." This is followed by class ABC at 5% and class D at 4%.

Among women, those who said there is definitely no possibility ranged from 95-99%, those who see some possibility ranged from 1-4%, and those who see big possibility ranged from 0-3%.

The was conducted using face-to-face interviews of 1,550 adults in Metro Manila (n=300), the Balance of Luzon (n=300), Visayas (n=650), and Mindanao (n=300). It had sampling error margins of ±2.5% for national percentages, ±4% for Visayas, and ±6% for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon and Mindanao).

The pollster also noted that the "questions on the possibilities of being in specific relationships are not commissioned, but done on SWS's own initiative and released as a public service."