More than half of Filipino adults believe that the “the worst is yet to come” with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed.

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The survey, conducted from July 3 to 6, 2020 among 1,555 respondents found that Filipino adults who believe that the “the worst is yet to come” with the COVID-19 situation rose from 47 percent in May, 2020, to 57 percent in July, 2020

SWS said that those saying “the worst is behind us” fell from 44 percent in May 2020 to 35 percent in July 2020, while those who did not give an answer stayed at 8 percent.

The proportion of those who fear “the worst is yet to come” with the COVID-19 crisis is highest in Metro Manila at 70 percent, followed by the Visayas at 61 percent, Balance Luzon at 56 percent, and Mindanao at 49 percent.

Compared to May, 2020, the proportion of those who fear “the worst is yet to come” rose sharply in Metro Manila, up by 20 points from 50 percent.

Highest among Losers and Pessimists

A July, 2020, survey found 79 percent of adults saying their quality of life (QOL) got worse (termed by SWS as “Losers”), versus 12 percent saying it was the same (“Unchanged”), and only 8 percent saying it got better (“Gainers”), compared to a year ago.

Sixty percent of Losers fear “the worst is yet to come” regarding the COVID-19 crisis, compared to 48 percent of Gainers and 45 percent of Unchanged

On the other hand, a July, 2020, survey found 36 percent of adults expecting their quality-of-life to worsen (termed as “Pessimists”), versus 30 percent expecting it to stay the same (“Neutrals”), and 26 percent expecting it to improve (“Optimists”) in the next 12 months

Seventy-one percent of Pessimists say “the worst is yet to come” compared to 56 percent of Neutrals, and 45 percent of Optimists.

Data of the July 3-6 survey were gathered through mobile phone interviews of adult Filipinos 18 years old and above, randomly drawn from a database of mobile phone numbers compiled from SWS national and subnational representative face-to-face surveys since 2017.

SWS noted the sampling error margins of ±2% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, ±5 for Balance Luzon, ±5% for the Visayas, and ±5% for Mindanao.

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