MANILA -- (2nd UPDATE) Nearly all Filipinos believe they will enter 2020 "with hope," according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Saturday, 3 days before the turn of the decade.
Of 1,200 adult respondents, 96 percent said they "are entering 2020 with hope rather than with fear," SWS found in its study conducted from December 13 to 16.
The number matches the record-high level in 2017, and is 4 percentage points higher than the hopefulness Filipinos felt in 2018, it said.
"Hope for the New Year has always been high," SWS said, noting that Filipino optimism for the incoming year never fell below 80 percent since the agency started asking the question in 2000.
Filipino hope for the new year has been "at 90s levels" since 2010, the survey firm said.
VISAYANS' HOPE SOARS, MINDANAOANS' OPTIMISM SLIDES
Hope for the new year increased in all areas except Mindanao, the study noted.
Optimism for the incoming year reached an all-time high in the Visayas as new year hope soared to 97 percent, an 18-percentage point improvement from the previous survey.
Luzon also hit a record 99 percent, up 3 percentage points from the previous survey.
Metro Manila's new year hope rose by 2 percentage points to 96 percent, similar to the capital region's record-high numbers in 2017, 2011 and 2010.
Mindanaoans' optimism in welcoming 2020 slid to 90 percent, 4 percentage points lower than the 94-percent hope level in the region last year.
NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
Fewer Filipinos committed to making and fulfilling resolutions for this year.
Some 33 percent said they had set resolutions for 2019, a 13-point decline compared to the 2017 survey.
Of the 33 percent that made resolutions this year, only 3 percent said "nearly all" their resolutions were fulfilled.
The survey has an error margin of +/- 3 percent for national percentages, and +/- 6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Malacañang, in a statement Sunday, said the "best is yet to come."
"Significant strides have been made with the President undertaking difficult but game-changing reforms which are important in achieving our goal of bringing a more comfortable life for all Filipinos," Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, meantime, said he was "heartened" by the survey results.
"We Filipinos by nature, are very optimistic and forward-looking and can often see the best in the most trying of circumstances, a trait that allowed us to succeed against all odds," he said.
He added that the Duterte administration was "dedicated to empowering and enabling every Filipino in order for them to achieve their full potential and live a comfortable life through its social and economic policies and programs."
"It also remains committed in fostering a civil society that is involved in the government's process of addressing the people's needs and concerns, and creating local communities that take part in achieving peace and order," Andanar said.
He called on the public to support government, saying this would help sustain the administration's efforts.
"It is through working together and being positive that we can not just hope for a better future, but expect one for 2020 and beyond," he said.