EIGHT out of 10 Filipinos said their lives were worse off this year compared to the same period last year, the May 4 to 10 Covid-19 Mobile Phone Survey conducted by the Social weather Stations (SWS) showed.
The survey, which involved 4,010 working-age Filipinos or those aged 15 and above with a sampling error margin of ±2 percent, showed that 83 percent of the respondents are “losers,” or claimed that the quality of their life got worse in the last 12 months, while 10 percent said it was “unchanged” or the same, and 6 percent were “gainers” or said their lives got better.
This resulted in a net gainers score of -78 percent (gainers percentage minus losers percentage, correctly rounded).
Comparing the SWS mobile results with the results of the regular face to face SWS surveys, the 83 percent losers’ scores can be considered as the lowest since June 2008 when it was at 62 percent while net gainers score was at -50.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the SWS Mobile survey results were not surprising and even better compared to expectations.
Roque said that instead of 83 percent, it should have been 100 percent since all Filipinos had been affected by the coronavirus disease and the lockdown that ensued.
“Lahat nahihirapan at kinikilala ng Presidente iyan (Evereyone suffered an teh President recognize that),” he said.
The SWS found that majority of Filipinos across geographical locations said their lives were worse off, with the highest recorded in the Visayas with -82 percent followed by those in Mindanao (-80 percent), Metro Manila (-78 percent) and Luzon (-75 percent).
SWS also found that the latest net gainers score was “bad” in both areas under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ with -77 percent and the general community quarantine (GCQ) with –78 percent; and was worse among those whose families experienced involuntary hunger – or hunger due to lack of food to eat – with -88 percent compared to those who did not experience hunger (-75 percent).
It added the net gainers score was the lowest among non-elementary graduates at -89 percent, followed by elementary graduates (-82 percent), junior high school graduates (-78 percent), and college graduates (-65 percent).
The net gainers was also lowest among those who had a job but with no pay (-81 percent) and never had a job (-80 percent) compared to those who has no job now but used to have one (-78) and those who had a job and were receiving full pay (-73). – With Paul Icamina