Forty-three percent of working age Filipinos expect their life to worsen in the next 12 months, according to results of a recent Social Weather Stations survey released last Tuesday.
The survey, conducted from May 4 to 10, said 43% of those who expect their life to worsen for the next year is also the highest percentage of “pessimists” ever recorded in SWS’ 37-year history, breaking the 34% recorded in March 2005.
On the other hand, 24% said they are expecting their quality of life to stay the same while only 24% said they expect their quality of life to improve, or “optimists.”
The 24% optimists is just slightly above the record low 20% optimists charted in October 2000 and March 2005.
This also means that the net optimism score of the Filipinos sank to minus 18% in May, down from 44% in December 2019 and also the worst in SWS poll history, eclipsing the minus 13% record posted in October 2000 and March 2005.