95% of Pinoys hopeful for 2017, says survey


Posted at Dec 29 2016 05:29 PM

Metro Manila residents enjoy a ten minute fireworks display at a popular mall in Pasay City during New Year's celebration. Rem Zamora for ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Ninety-five percent of Filipinos are set to ring in 2017 with hope rather than fear, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Thursday. 

"The remaining 5%, however, will enter the New Year with fear," showed the December 3 to 6 poll which had 1,500 respondents. 

Hope for the New Year improved by three points from 92% in 2015, the survey added. 

The latest rating matches the all-time high of 95% for 2003, 2011, and 2012. 

SWS also noted that the 5 percent of Filipinos who will enter 2017 with fear is the lowest since the 2004. 

The survey also found that hopefulness for 2017 was widespread in all areas: 97 percent in Balance Luzon, 95 percent in Metro Manila, 95 percent in Mindanao, and 92 percent in Visayas 

New Year hope was also high regardless of socio-economic class, with 99 percent of the upper to middle classes ABC hopeful of the coming year, 95 percent of the "masa" class D and 93% among very poor class E. 

SWS added that hope for the New Year has always been high, starting at 87% when the pollster surveyed it in 2000 and only falling to the lowest 81 percent in 2004. 

Malacañang welcomed the survey results as an indication of the public's satisfaction with the performance of the Duterte administration. 

"I suppose it's part of the whole package… based on results, apparently, the public is quite satisfied with the performance of the administration," said Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella. 

The survey had error margins of ±3% for national percentages, ±4% for Balance Luzon, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.