Nearly half of Pinoys expect more prosperous holiday season: survey


Posted at Dec 20 2019 12:54 PM | Updated as of Dec 20 2019 12:55 PM

'Practically all' hopeful for 2020 

Thousands pack the Saint Joseph Parish church in Las Piñas City in the early morning hours of Friday as the traditional "Simbang Gabi" starts. Rem Zamora

MANILA — Nearly half of Filipinos expect the coming holiday season to be more prosperous compared to last year, while 9 in 10 will welcome the New Year with hope despite the various turmoils that recently pounded the country, according to an opinion poll released Friday. 

Forty-eight percent of 1,200 adults surveyed by Pulse Asia from Dec. 3 to 8 believe the holiday will be more prosperous for them and their families, said the pollster. 

This view is held by majority of respondents from Mindanao at 57 percent and Class ABC at 68 percent, and by a near majority of those surveyed from the poorest class D or the "masa" (masses) with 49 percent, Pulse Asia said. 

Eleven percent of respondents predicted their holidays would be poorer than last year, while 41 percent do not expect the season to be any different. 

These figures "are essentially the same" as those recorded in December 2018," said Pulse Asia. 

Meanwhile, "practically all" or 93 percent of respondents said they would face the year ahead with hope. 

This sentiment is echoed across all geographic areas and socioeconomic classes, Pulse Asia noted. 

The polling agency said some local and international developments which dominated the headlines in the weeks leading to the survey were the following: 

- Vice President Leni Robredo's 18-day stint as co-chair of the government's inter-agency anti-narcotics committee; 
- the Philippines' hosting of the Southeast Asian Games; 
- President Rodrigo Duterte's order to stop rice importation during the local harvest season; and 
- A series of calamities, including this year's strongest typhoon and a powerful quake in Mindanao. 

The survey has a ± 2.8 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.