More than half or 57% of adult Filipinos see that the worst is yet to come amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a 10-point increase compared to the 47% recorded last May, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.
The SWS poll, conducted via mobile phone last July 3 to 6, revealed that the highest proportion of those who fear that the worst is yet to come reside in Metro Manila at 70%, followed by those in the Visayas at 61%.
On the other hand, those who think the worst is yet to come reached 56% and 49% in Balance Luzon and Mindanao, respectively.
Quarantine restrictions have been eased since June to allow mass transport and partial work resumption in non-essential industries, but this development hardly made a dent among Metro Manila residents since the 70% that fear the worst is yet to come was 20 points higher compared in May.
Those who believe the worst is still on the horizon also increased in Balance Luzon at 43% (up 13 points) and Visayas at 54% (up by seven points). As for Mindanao, it slightly went down to 48% from 49% in May.
The “worst is yet to come” sentiment is most prevalent among college graduates at 63%, followed by junior high school graduates (59%), non-elementary graduates (50%), and elementary graduates (49%) .
Compared to May 2020, those who fear “the worst is yet to come” also increased by 13 points among non-elementary graduates (37%) and 10 points among college graduates (53%), junior high school graduates (49%), and elementary graduates (40%).
On the other hand, those who say the “the worst is behind us” fell to 35% from 44% in May, while those who did not give an answer reached 8%.
Those with “the worst is behind us” sentiment also fell across segments and such take was the highest among non-elementary graduates at 41% or down from 53% in May, followed by elementary graduates at 38% or down from 51%.
This was followed by junior high school graduates (34%) and college graduates (33%), both down from May figures of 43% and 38%.
The SWS poll was conducted on 1,555 working-age Filipinos aged 18 years old and above. Of this number, 306 are from the National Capital Region, 451 in Balance Luzon, 388 in the Visayas, and 410 in Mindanao.
The sampling error margin is at ±2% for for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, ±5 for Balance Luzon, ±5% for the Visayas, and ±5% for Mindanao.
The Philippines has recorded 265,888 COVID-19 cases so far. Of this number, 207,504 recovered while 4,630 died.
The number of active COVID-19 cases is at 53,754. —KBK, GMA News