SWS: 69% of adult Filipinos say worst is over with COVID-19 crisis in PH

The national Social Weather Survey () of November 21-25, 2020, found 69% of adult Filipinos saying “the worst is behind us” with the Covid-19 crisis.

This is up from the 47% in September 2020, 35% in July 2020, and 44% in May 2020.

On the other hand, those fearing “the worst is yet to come” fell from 47% in September 2020 to 31% in November 2020. They used to be 57% in July 2020 and 47% in May 2020.

The November 2020 survey found 62% of adults saying their quality-of-life got worse (termed by SWS as “Losers”), 24% saying it was the same (“Unchanged”), and 14% saying it got better (“Gainers”), compared to a year ago (“Fourth Quarter 2020 Social Weather Survey: 62% of adult Filipinos got worse off in the past 12 months,” 21 December 2020, www.sws.org.ph).

Seventy-seven percent of Gainers and 74% of Unchanged say “the worst is behind us” with the Covid-19 crisis, compared to 65% of Losers with that view.

Compared to September 2020, those who say “the worst is behind us” rose from 55% among Gainers, from 56% among Unchanged, and from 46% among Losers.

On the other hand, 34% of Losers fear “the worst is yet to come,” compared to 26% of Unchanged and 22% of Gainers with that view.

Compared to September 2020, those who fear “the worst is yet to come” fell from 48% among Losers, from 41% among Unchanged, and from 43% among Gainers.

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SWS: 69% of adult Filipinos say worst is over with COVID-19 crisis in PH

The percentage of those saying “the worst is behind us” with the Covid-19 crisis is highest in Metro at 78%, followed by Balance Luzon at 69%, the at 67%, and Mindanao at 65%.

Compared to September 2020, those saying “the worst is behind us” rose from 60% in Metro Manila, from 49% in Balance Luzon, from 45% in the Visayas, and from 39% in Mindanao.

On the other hand, the percentage of those fearing “the worst is yet to come” is highest in Mindanao (35%), followed by the Visayas (32%), Balance Luzon (31%), and Metro Manila (22%).

Compared to September 2020, those fearing “the worst is yet to come” fell from 57% in Mindanao, from 50% in the Visayas, from 44% in Balance Luzon, and from 35% in Metro Manila.

Compared to September 2020, the percentage of those saying “the worst is behind us” rose from 59% to 71% among non-elementary graduates, from 50% to 67% among elementary graduates, from 47% to 71% among junior high school graduates, and from 41% to 65% among college graduates.

On the other hand, those fearing “the worst is yet to come” fell from 33% to 29% among non-elementary graduates, from 40% to 33% among elementary graduates, from 49% to 29% among junior high school graduates, and from 51% to 35% among college graduates.