Holiday optimism highest in Visayas: SWS

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 24 2019 03:45 PM

'Giving is better than receiving' highest in Metro Manila

Various Christmas lights and decorations adorn a house, chapel, and chicharon factory in Santa Maria, Bulacan, as seen in this photo taken on December 17, 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The number of Filipinos expecting a happy Christmas was highest in the Visayas and lowest in Metro Manila, a Social Weather Stations survey revealed on the eve of the holiday.

About 3 in 4 of Filipinos, the highest in 17 years, are looking forward to a merry celebration of Christmas, showed the survey conducted from Dec. 13 to 16, ahead of Christmas storm Ursula, which is set to hit land in Eastern Visayas.

Of 1,200 Filipino adults, 79 percent said they expect a happy Christmas, while a record-low 2 percent expect it to be sad, and 19 percent are neither happy nor sad, SWS said.

This is the highest since the record-high 82 percent holiday optimism rating in 2002, the first time such a survey was taken. 

The figure is, meanwhile, 2 notches higher than 77 percent in 2017, which SWS attributed to a rise in holiday optimism in all areas except in Mindanao.

It was highest in the Visayas at 82 percent from 80 percent in 2017, followed by Balance Luzon at a record-high 79 percent from 75 percent, and Metro Manila at 70 percent from 69 percent.

Holiday optimism fell in Mindanao to 80 percent from 84 percent in 2017.

Majority or 76 percent of Filipinos also said it was “better to give” than to receive this Christmas, 2 points higher than its record-low 74 percent in 2018.

It was highest in Metro Manila at 82 percent, followed by Balance Luzon at 81 percent, Mindanao at 75 percent, and the Visayas at 63 percent.

The December 2019 Social Weather Survey was conducted from December 13-16, 2019 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide: 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao (sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao).