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Filipinos remain happy, optimistic despite crisis — Gallup survey

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Amid country risk issues, such as the Marawi conflict as well as recent calamities, the Philippines remains to mark its status as one of the happiest and optimistic countries in the world, a survey from an international polling firm showed.

In the 41st global annual survey conducted by Gallup International, the country retained its rank as the third happiest country with a +84 net happiness score in 2017, up by 5 points compared to the +79 net score recorded in 2016.

Subsequently, Fiji grabbed the first spot with a net score of +92, while Colombia was second with a net score of +87.

The Philippines also landed fifth in the economic index of the said global polling firm, with the country recording a net score of +32.

It noted more Filipinos remain optimistic with the local economy growth in 2018.

For the hope index, the country also entered the top 10 countries who believe 2018 would be prosperous than 2017, posting a score of +40.

On a global scale, however, Gallup stressed the happiness, economic optimism, and hope indices plunged.

In happiness index, only 59 percent of the survey respondents said they were happy in 2017, a dropped by a tenth versus the result in 2016.

“2017 was a tough year with terrorist attacks over almost each week and it may have influenced personal lives all around the world. Nevertheless, a majority in all polled countries are happy,” Gallup said.

It showed that while 28 percent of the world was optimistic for the economy this year, economic pessimism was at 30 percent, with a net score of -2 for 2017.

The hope index also saw a decrease of 13 points with only 40 percent of the respondents believing the new year would be better than 2017.

Gallup polled 53,769 persons around the world through face-to-face, via telephone, or online interviews from October to December last year. It said it had around 1, 000 respondents, a combination of men and women, from each country.

The polling body said the margin of error is +3-5 percent at 95 confidence level.

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