AROUND 96 percent of Filipino people will welcome 2018 with hope rather than fear, according to latest survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS).
Result of the poll, which was conducted from December 8 to 16, was the highest since SWS first made such survey in 2010.
The pollster found that only four percent will welcome the New Year with fear, the lowest since 2011's four percent and only one-percentage point lower than 2015's five percent.
"Hope for the New Year has always been high, starting at 87 percent when SWS first surveyed it in 2000," said SWS.
Filipinos' optimism is observed even after the country has been confronted with several pressing issues, like brutal anti-narcotics crackdown and terror attacks in Marawi.
The survey showed that respondents across all geographic areas -- Balance Luzon (97 percent), Manila (96 percent), Visayas (95 percent), and Mindanao (95 percent) -- continue to look forward to having a better life next year.
Filipino's hopefulness for 2018 was also high among Classes ABC (97 percent), D (96 percent), and E (94 percent).
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roqur Jr. welcomed SWS' poll results and vowed that the current administration would make headway for the country's robust economy.
Roque gave assurance that "there are reasons to be hopeful," noting that the Marawi's liberation and the signing into law of tax reform package will spur the economy in 2018.
He also asked for public's cooperation to ensure the nation's gains under the Duterte government.
"We are pleased with the latest Social Weather Stations survey showing 96% of Filipinos are entering the New Year with hope. This figure is considered a record-high," he said.
"The prospects for the future thus look bright. We therefore ask our citizens to help the Administration in laying down the foundation of a prosperous and peaceful nation," the presidential spokesman added.
SWS interviewed 1,200 adult Filipinos using sampling error margins of ±3 percentage points for national percentages and ±6 percentage points each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. (SunStar Philippines)