Is the worst yet to come? Filipinos divided on COVID-19 outlook - SWS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 7) - Filipinos are split on whether they think the worst of the COVID-19 crisis has yet to come or the worst is already behind them, a national survey found.

The Social Weather Stations said 47 percent of Filipinos answered “The worst is yet to come” with the ongoing pandemic. Some 44 percent believe otherwise, saying "The worst is behind us," while eight percent did not answer, its research in May said.

According to the survey, majority of those who said the worst has yet to come were from Visayas. Some 54 percent of the respondents in the area said the worst is still expected. This was followed by Metro Manila with 50 percent of resident interviewees with the same outlook, then Mindanao with 48 percent and Balance Luzon or Luzon areas outside of Metro Manila with 43 percent.

The SWS conducted the interviews from May 4 to 10 through mobile phone and telephone with 4,010 working-age Filipinos - 15 years old and above - 294 of whom were from Metro Manila, 1,645 in Balance Luzon or Luzon outside of Metro Manila, 792 in the Visayas, and 1,279 in Mindanao.

SWS noted that there was no significant difference between expectations from those in areas listed under enhanced community quarantine until May 15 and the general community quarantine areas.

Forty seven percent of respondents from ECQ and GCQ places said the worst is yet to come while 45 percent of ECQ and 44 percent of GCQ respondents said the worst is behind them.

The survey also found that 49 percent of those who said their quality of life worsened the past 12 months also had a negative outlook on the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, 43 percent of those who believe their lives were unchanged in the same period are also still expecting the worst along with 42 percent of those whose lives improved.

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Some 51 percent of those who said their lives have improved also said the worst has already passed, the same answer as 47 percent from those who experienced no change in their quality of life, SWS said.

From those who said their quality of life worsened the past 12 months, 43 percent said the worst is behind them.

The survey has sampling error margins of ±2% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, ±2 for Balance Luzon, ±3% Visayas, and ±3% in Mindanao.