Only 50 percent of Filipinos say they have a “very happy” love life, results of the national survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed ahead of Valentine’s Day this weekend.
The November percentage of those with a very happy (napakasaya) love life is the lowest since the 49 percent in 2014, according to the survey firm.
Of the respondents, 31 percent said that their love life could be happier (sana mas masaya pa) and 18 percent said they do not have a love life (walang love life buhay-pag-ibig).
Conducted from November 21-25, the Fourth Quarter 2020 Social Weather Survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults. The sampling error margins are ±2.5% for national percentages, ±4% for Balance Luzon, and ±6% for Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
The survey items on Valentine were non-commissioned.
Valentine’s Day amid COVID-19
Of the respondents, 31 percent said they would celebrate the love month, 31 percent were undecided and 27 percent said they would not celebrate.
Among those who will celebrate, 45 percent would go to church to attend religious services, 27 percent would give gifts to their spouse or loved ones, 25 percent would prepare special foods at home, and 11 percent would send greetings through the SMS or online.
According to the survey, married men and women have a happier love life than their single and with-live-in-partner counterparts.
The percentage of those with a very happy love life is highest among married men (64 percent), followed by men with a live-in partner (53 percent) and single men (22 percent).
Those with a very happy love life are also highest among married women (63 percent), followed by women with a live-in partner (57 percent) and single women (18 percent).
“So, what makes the most difference in the SWS findings is marital status, not whether respondents are men or women,” SWS said.
Among men, those saying their love life could be happier are highest among those with a live-in partner (46 percent), followed by those who are married (33 percent), and those who are single (18 percent).
Among women, those saying their love life could be happier are also highest among those with a live-in partner (42 percent), followed by those who are married (35%) and those who are single (16 percent).
SWS also found that the percentage of those with a very happy love life is 35 percent among 18-24-year-olds. It rises to 54 percent among 25-34-year-olds and peaks at 58 percent among 35-44-year-olds. It dips to 51 percent among 45-54-year-olds and 49 percent among those 55 years old and above.
“The November 2020 survey found no significant connection with people’s celebration of Valentine’s Day and their happiness with love life with their fear of Covid-19 and their outlook on whether the worst of the Covid-19 crisis is behind us or yet to come,” SWS said.—LDF, GMA News