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Fewer Filipinos Are Hopeful for the New Year, According to Survey

2020 took its toll.
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After every disaster 2020 has thrown at us, it appears fewer Filipinos will enter the new year with hope, according to the Social Weather Station’s latest survey.

Of the 1,500 Filipinos from all demographics interviewed, 91 percent said they are entering 2021 with more hope than fear. But this is actually the lowest percent it’s been since 2009, when a global recession pushed down that percentage to 89 percent.

Meanwhile, even percent of Filipinos said that they would enter the new year with fear rather than hope.

“Hope” was lower among “poor” families, while higher among “not poor” and “borderline poor” families, an unsurprising result as many have become unemployed or fallen into poverty due to the recession and lockdown.

Hopefulness is generally lower this year than last year in all regions around the country, with Visayas among the lowest with 88 percent hopeful, down from 97 percent hopeful in 2019.

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, and 2021 promises a brighter year with the advent of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the prospect of new jobs is still uncertain for many Filipinos entering the new year unemployed.

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