MANILA -- Despite the recent catastrophes, as well as other scandals and issues that rocked the Philippines in the last 365 days of 2013, 94 percent of the Filipinos or nine out of every 10 are still hopeful and optimistic for the upcoming New Year, the Social Weather Station’s (SWS) latest survey showed.

Based on the SWS’ fourth quarter social weather survey, “hope with the coming year has customarily been at high levels, starting at 87 percent when SWS first polled about it in December 2000 and 88 percent in December 2001.”

The survey revealed that the percentage that was hopeful (94 percent) for the upcoming New Year was higher by two percentage points, compared with the 92 percent last year, but still lower than the 95 percent way back in 2011.

The 2103 result is the second highest since the all-time high of 95 percent that was recorded twice, in 2002 and in 2011.

The survey firm’s December 2013 results used face-to-face interviews of 1,550 adults in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Sampling error margins of ±2.5 percent for national percentages, ±4 percent for Visayas, and ±6 percent for Metro Manila, balance Luzon and Mindanao applied to the survey.

The Visayas region that was recently devastated by two catastrophic events, first by the magnitude 7.2 Bohol killer quake last October and the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that ravaged most towns in the Eastern Visayas Region in early November, showed that 93 percent of the residents will still welcome 2014 with hope rather than with fear.

The recorded 93 percent figure for Visayas is identical to last year’s results. (Sunnex)