89% of Filipinos facing 2010 with “hope” rather than “fear” — SWS

December 28, 2009 11:31 pm 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Dec. 28 — Many Filipinos are hopeful, rather than fearful, about New Year 2010, according to face-to-face interviews of 1,200 persons conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on December 5 to 10 and released to the press today.

The 89 per cent who said they will enter 2010 with “hope” is slightly lower than those who expressed the same for the New Year in the past three years from 2006 to 2008, the survey showed.

Hopefulness about the coming year was flat 91 per cent in both 2006 and 2007, and 92 per cent in 2008.

Hopes for 2010 are high in all areas of the Philippines —- 90 per cent in the rest of Luzon, 88 per cent in the Visayas, and 87 per cent in both Metro Manila and Mindanao.

Hope with the coming year has customarily been at high levels, starting at 87 per cent when SWS first polled about it in December 2000 and 88 per cent in December 2001.

SWS said that in Germany, where the survey question originated, those expressing hope ranged from 31 per cent to 58 per cent in 1991 to 2002. German hope in the coming year has not exceeded 58 per cent since 1991.

The survey question on hope versus fear about the New Year was patterned after the polls conducted annually by the Allensbach Institute of Demoskopy, pioneering opinion research center in Germany, according to SWS.

SWS noted that fear for the New Year was higher among Muslims, at 31 percent, much higher than the 10 per cent among both Roman Catholics and other Christians who said they are also entering the New Year with “fear.”

Hope for the New Year is slightly higher among middle-to-upper classes ABC (91 per cent) than among masa (hoi polloi) class D (89 per cent ) and very poor class E (87 per cent).

SWS said the items were not commissioned, but were included on SWS's own initiative. (PNA)

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