AN almost equal percentage of adult Filipinos expect their personal quality-of- life in the next 12 months to either improve, worsen, or stay the same, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.

The SWS report released Friday showed 33% of adult Filipinos see things will stay the same amid a coronavirus pandemic, 32% were “optimists” or expecting their lives to improve, while 30% were “pessimists” or anticipate worse conditions. The remaining 6% are unsure about the next 12 months.

SWS interviewed 1,249 people using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing from Sept. 17 to 20 for the poll, which had an error margin of ±3 points.

“Compared to a typical face-to-face interview which takes approximately 90 minutes to complete, a phone interview has a maximum limit of 20 minutes due to respondent phone-fatigue. Thus, the SWS September 17-20, 2020 National Mobile Phone Survey questionnaire contained fewer items than the regular quarterly Social Weather Report Survey,” the report noted.

The questionnaire included items on how people were dealing with the pandemic, core SWS indicators such as Hunger and Quality of Life for historical comparison, and selected items on contemporary Philippine issues. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza