Gallup International’s 41st annual global year-end poll retains Philippines on the third spot with a +84 net happiness score in the top 10 happiest countries of 2017.
Fiji placed first with a score of +92, Colombia On the second spot with a net happiness score of +87. Despite these happiest countries in the world, Gallup International noted that the world has become lonely on 2017 as only 59% of the survey respondents said that they were happy. The polling body said that this was almost 10 points lower than the result in 2016.
“2017 was a tough year with terrorist attacks over almost each week and it may have influenced personal lives all around the world. Nevertheless, a majority in all polled countries are happy,” posted on Gallup International’s website.
In addition, the Philippines have also been placed fifth with a net score of +32 among top ten countries who were optimistic that the economy would be better in 2018. For the poll’s Hope Index, Filipinos was ranked ninth with a net optimism score of +40 among the top 10 countries who believe that the new year would be better than 2017.
Contrast to the 28% of the world optimist economic outlook in 2018, 30% economic pessimism with a net score of -2 for 2017, according to Gallup.
These surveys were conducted from October to December in 2017 with 53,769 persons interviewed globally. A representative sample of 1000 men and women was interviewed in each country either face to face via telephone or online. According to Gallup, the survey has a +3-5% at 95% confidence level.