More Filipinos welcome 2014 with hope
December 31, 2013
Manila, Philippines – Despite the calamities that hit the country in 2013, more Filipinos continue to have hope as they welcome 2014, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations revealed.
In the nationwide survey conducted December 11-16, 94 percent of 1,550 respondents said they are entering the New Year with hope.
The latest figure is slightly higher than the 92 percent recorded in 2012.
SWS said the 94 percent hopeful represents the second highest recorded since the all-time high 95 percent, first achieved in 2002, and again in 2011.
It also noted that hope with the coming year has customarily been at high levels, starting at 87 percent when SWS first made a poll on this in December, 2000, and 88 percent in December, 2001.
As in previous years, optimism with the coming year remains widespread in all four areas, with record-high in the rest of Luzon.
Compared to those who entered 2013 with hope, the percentages of those who will enter 2014 with hope increased in Mindanao but hardly changed in the other three areas, SWS said.
In the rest of Luzon, 97 percent would enter 2014 with hope rather than with fear, a record-high for the area.
SWS said hope with 2014 in the rest of Luzon has been on the rise after recovering to 83 percent in 2005 from a decline of an all-time low 78 percent in 2004.
In Mindanao, the 92 percent who will enter 2014 with hope is seven points higher than the 85 percent in 2012 who entered 2013 with hope.
The 85 percent New Year hope in Mindanao in 2012 was the lowest recorded since the 84 percent in 2005 who were hopeful while entering 2006.
Conversely, those who will enter the New Year with fear declined to 8 percent in 2013 after it rose to 14 percent in 2012 from 5 percent in 2011.
In the Visayas, 93 percent would enter 2014 with hope rather than with fear – unchanged from last year.
New Year hope in the Visayas reached a record-high 97 percent in December 2010, and hardly changed to 96 percent in 2011 before it slightly declined to 93 percent in December 2012 and stayed at 93 percent in 2013.
In the National Capital Region, the 91 percent who will enter the 2014 with hope is about the same as the 93 percent who entered 2013 with hope.
Nonetheless, SWS said it is significantly lower than the record-high 96 percent for that area in 2010 and again in 2011.
Those in NCR who would enter the New Year with fear increased to 9 percent in 2013, up from 6 percent in 2012, 3 percent in 2011, and 4 percent in 2010.