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Maligaya ang Pasko: 73% of Filipinos expect happy Christmas, says SWS survey

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Despite the challenges the country faced this year, more than seven out of 10 Filipinos expect a happy Christmas this year, according to a new survey by Social Weather Stations.

SWS said the survey, conducted Dec. 3 to 6 among 1,500 adults, also found three of four or 75 percent believing it is better to give than to receive.

In the survey, 73 percent of Filipinos expect a happy Christmas, while 5 percent expect it to be sad and 21 percent are neither happy nor sad.

The 73 percent is a slight improvement over the 72 percent in 2015 and 71 percent in 2014. It is the third highest since 2002’s 82 percent and 77 percent in 2003.

On the other hand, SWS said the 5-percent expectations of sad Christmas this year is the lowest since 4 percent in 2003.

Expectations of a happy Christmas were higher in areas outside Metro Manila – 78 percent in Mindanao; 74 percent in Visayas; and 74 percent in Balance Luzon. In Metro Manila, it is only 66 percent.

“Compared to 2015, expectations of happy Christmas improved in Mindanao and Balance Luzon, but declined in Visayas and NCR,” SWS said.

Also, the SWS survey showed the 75 percent who say it is “better to give” rather than receive Christmas gifts is two points lower than the record-high 77 percent in 2015.

“The percentages of those who say it is ‘better to give’ Christmas gifts are higher in NCR (81 percent) and Balance Luzon (82 percent) than in Visayas (72 percent) and Mindanao (63 percent),” SWS said.

Questions used in the survey included:

1. Sa pangkalahatan, masasabi po ba ninyo na ang inyong Pasko ngayong taon ay magiging (READ OUT: MASAYA, MALUNGKOT, HINDI MASAYA AT HINDI RIN MALUNGKOT)? [On the whole, would you say that your Christmas this year will be (READ OUT: Happy, Sad, Not happy and not sad)?]

2. Sa inyong opinyon, mas mabuti po bang magbigay o tumanggap ng regalo ngayon darating na pasko? (ONE ANSWER ONLY: MAS MABUTING MAGBIGAY, MAS MABUTING TUMANGGAP) [In your opinion, is it better to give or to receive this coming Christmas? (ONE ANSWER ONLY: It is better to give, It is better to receive)]