Record-breaking number of ‘happy’ Pinoys proves Duterte admin critics wrong – Palace

The recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey which revealed a record-breaking rate of Filipinos saying that they are happy only proves critics of President Rodrigo Duterte wrong, the Palace said.

SWS released a survey last week which reveals that the number of Filipinos who said they were happy with life in general has hit a record-high of 94 percent in December last year, which is two points higher than the previous record in June 1996.

“This first piece of good news will make the opposition sad. Filipinos are happy people and the latest Social Weather Stations survey conducted December 8 to 16, 2017 highlights this. Ninety-four percent of Filipinos are very or fairly happy with life in general,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

“It is worth mentioning that of the 32 surveys conducted by the SWS since 1991, three of the five instances wherein over 90 percent said they were very or fairly happy took place during the Duterte administration. These were December 2016, September 2017, and December 2017,” he added.

“Indeed, genuine change under the leadership of President Duterte, which has been felt by our people coupled with their hope for a better future under the current government certainly makes Filipinos across all geographic areas happy – and the opposition sad,” Roque said.

The survey unveiled that residents of Mindanao were the happiest with a record of 96 percent, followed by Balance Luzon with 95 percent, Visayas with 94 percent, and Metro Manila with 90 percent.

Meanwhile, unhappiness was the highest in Metro Manila with 10 percent, followed by Visayas with six percent, Balance Luzon with five percent, and Mindanao with four percent.

When categorized by class, class D or the “masa” was the happiest with 95 percent, seconded by classes ABC at 93 percent, and class E at 90 percent.

The survey also revealed that high school graduates were the happiest with 97 percent, followed by college graduates at 94 percent, elementary graduates at 92 percent, and non-elementary graduates at 90 percent.

Result of the SWS survey was obtained from answers of 1,200 adults equally distributed form Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao from December 8 to 16, 2017.