Filipinos look to 2021 more with hope, less with fear

Published December 29, 2020, 3:37 PM

by Dhel Nazario

Majority of Filipinos are entering the New Year with hope rather than fear, but it’s the lowest since 2009, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.


The nationwide survey done face-to-face for the first time among 1,500 respondents from November 21-to 25 found that 91 percent are starting 2021 with renewed hope rather than gripping fear.

SWS said, however, that this is five points down from the 96 percent in 2018 and the lowest since the 89 percent in 2009.

Seven percent will enter the New Year with fear. This is 3 points up from the four percent in 2019.

SWS shared that expectations for the New Year started at 87 percent when it first asked the question at the end of 2000. It was in the 90s at the end of 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010 to 2020. And i was in the 80s at the end of 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, and 2009.

A November 2020 survey found that 50 percent of adult Filipinos expected this Christmas to be happy, 15 percent expected it to be sad, and 33 percent expected it to be neither happy nor sad.

Among those who expected a happy Christmas, more have hope for the New Year than among those who expected a sad Christmas. 

New Year hope among those who expected a happy Christmas hardly changed from 97 percent in 2019 to 96 percent in 2020.

It fell by 6 points among those who expected a neither happy nor sad Christmas, from 94 percent in 2019 to 88 percent in 2020.

It rose by 4 points among those who expected a sad Christmas, from 79 percent in 2019 to 83 percent in 2020.

Meanwhile, New Year hope among those from Not Poor and Borderline Poor families was 94 percent and 93 percent, respectively, compared to 89 percent among those from Poor families.