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Only half of Filipinos expect happy Christmas — SWS

 By Rjay Zuriaga Castor

People at a public market (PHOTO: NY Post)

MANILA, Philippines — Hours before the Christmas eve, a record-low of only 50 percent adult Filipinos are expecting to have a happy Christmas celebration this year, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed on Thursday.

According to the national Social Weather Survey on November 21-25, only half of Filipinos is expecting a happy Christmas, which is 12 points below the previous record-low of 62 percent in 2013, 2006, and 2005.

Meanwhile, 15 percent of Filipinos expect a sad Christmas, while 33 percent are expecting it to be neither happy nor sad.

According to the poll body, in 2002, the expectation of a happy Christmas was a record-high 82 percent when SWS surveyed it for the first time.

The expectation then declined to 77 percent in 2003 before settling to 60s level from 2004 to 2013, ranging from 62 to 69 percent. The percentage then improved from 71 percent in 2014 to 79 percent in 2019.

On the other hand, a new record-high 15 percent expecting a sad Christmas has surpassed the previous high of 11 percent in 2011.

The expectation of a sad Christmas was customarily at single-digits only, ranging from 2 to 9 percent . It was only in 2004, 2009, 2011, and 2020 when it reached double-digits, ranging from 10 to 15 percent.

The 33 percent expecting the coming Christmas to be neither happy nor sad is also a new record-high that surpassed the previous record of 29 percent in 2006.

The November 2020 survey also revealed the sad expectation is higher among self-rated poor families with 18 percent sad expectation, 13 percent among borderline poor and 12 percent on not poor families.

The survey also found out 22 percent families experiencing involuntary hunger in the past three months is expecting a sad Christmas , which is  8 percent higher than families that did not experience hunger.


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