SWS survey: 69% of Filipino say worst is over from Covid pandemic

FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks and face shields as protection against the coronavirus queue at a bus stop in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, December 23, 2020. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David/File Photo

A latest poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed that 69 percent of Filipinos believe that the worst is over for them from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19 pandemic).


The results of the SWS’ poll released on Thursday showed that the 69 percent is a substantial increase from the 47 percent of the survey conducted in September 2020.


However, The November 2020 SWS poll also showed that 31 percent of Filipinos said the worst is yet to come with regards to the Covid-19 crisis. This is lower than the 47 percent of September 2020.


The SWS also said that 78 percent of those surveyed in Metro Manila, the country’s Covid-19 hotpot, said the worst is over for them. In Balance Luzon, or areas outside of Metro Manila in Luzon, 69 percent said the worst is over followed by the Visayas at 67 percent, and Mindanao at 65 percent.


The November 2020 SWS survey asked participants how they felt about the Covid-19 pandemic, or if the worst is over or if the worst has yet to come.


The latest SWS survey covered 1,500 adults nationwide with 600 in Balance Luzon and 300 each in Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.


While the SWS did not ask any reason for participants believing that the worst is over for them, this may be attributed to the roll out of the government’s Covid-19 vaccination this year.

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