More Filipinos optimistic about 2014, survey says

With one year about to end and another about to begin, most Filipinos are facing 2014 with hope rather than fear, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said.

Ninety-four percent of Filipinos surveyed expressed hope about 2014, the second-highest rating since the all-time high 95 percent which was recorded in 2002 and 2011, the SWS said.

Undertaken from December 11 to 16, the survey shows an increase in 2013 at 94 percent, from 2012’s 92 percent.

In Mindanao, where members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) lay siege for three weeks beginning September, hope rose seven points from 85 percent last year to 92 percent this year.

Over in Visayas which suffered thru Super Typhoon Yolanda (with international name ‘Haiyan’) in November and a strong quake in October, hopefulness was unchanged at 93 percent.

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