'The worst trend in survey history:' 83 percent of Filipinos say their life got worse - SWS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18) — Life for a majority of Filipinos took a turn for the worse in the past year, according to a Social Weather Stations poll released Thursday.

Results of the special SWS survey conducted during the Luzon-wide lockdown (May 4 to 10) from among 4,010 respondents aged 15 years old and above showed ‘the worst trend in survey history’ as 83 percent of Filipinos have reported their quality of life has worsened.

"The 83% proportion of Losers in May 2020 is a new peak in the 37-year series of 135 SWS surveys, breaking the previous record 62% Losers in June 2008," the pollster noted. "The 6% proportion of Gainers is a new all-time low, breaking the previous record 9% Gainers in July 1985."

Gainers are those who said their lives had gotten better than 12 months ago, while losers are those who said their quality of life got worse.

Meanwhile, 10 percent of Filipinos said their lives remained unchanged.

The ‘non-commissioned’ study revealed that the ‘net gainers score’ was lower among those with less formal education, those who suffered pay cuts and those who lost their jobs.

The survey was conducted using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviews. It had a sampling error margin of ±2% for national percentages.

In mid-March, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered nonessential workers to stay at home in Luzon for two months to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some areas outside of Luzon followed suit to prevent an outbreak of the viral disease.

The government eased restrictions in Metro Manila and some other parts of the country since June 1, permitting more movement and business reopening.

But Duterte placed Cebu City back to the stricter enhanced community quarantine until June 30 due to a spike in infections. Meanwhile, Talisay City, a component city under Cebu province, is under modified ECQ up to the end of June.