Return of physical classes, oil price adjustments, elections among ‘most followed’ news events of 2022 — survey


A survey review of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed that the resumption of face-to-face classes, changes in prices of petroleum products, and preparations for the elections were the most followed news events of 2022.

SWS vice president Gerardo Sandoval presented last year's social weather, based on its 2022 surveys, at the the annual SWS survey review held at the Asian Institute of Management on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The results of the survey, conducted from Dec. 10 to 14, 2022 with 1,200 adult respondents, showed that the return of face-to-face classes in public and private schools was the most followed news event (82 percent) last year.

It was followed by news on increase and decrease in prices of petroleum products (75 percent), preparations for the May 2022 elections (69 percent), face-to-face classes in low Covid-19 areas (68 percent), and start of election campaign for national and local candidates (63 percent).

Other news events followed by Filipinos were preparations for Sangguniang Kabataan and barangay elections (59 percent), Russian invasion of Ukraine (59 percent), spread of text scams in cellphones (58 percent), and peso-dollar exchange rate (56 percent).

Meanwhile, among the events that were least followed by respondents were: riot in East Java, Indonesia after a soccer game (18 percent), 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar (19 percent), and State Visit of United States Vice President Kamala Harris to the Philippines (28 percent).