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2017 SWS Survey: Fewer Pinoy families considered themselves ‘poor’

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A recent Social Weather Stations survey show one out of three Filipino families surmounted poverty in 2017.

The figure is the highest rate of newly non-poor families since it was first conducted in December 2014. This SWS Survey was conducted from December 08-16, 2017 and released in January 2018 reveal 56 percent of families rated themselves as non-poor families.

Out of self-rated non-poor families, 31 percent of the respondents transitioned out of poverty. 17 percent (usually non-poor) used to be poor five or more years ago and 14 percent (newly non-poor) used to be poor 1-4 years ago. Twenty-five percent of the respondents said they have never experienced poverty (always non-poor).

On the other hand, one out of eight Filipino families fell into poverty in the last quarter of 2017 as shown by the SWS poll. The survey found that 44 percent of families rated themselves as poor. Thirty-one percent were always poor while 12.4 percent transitioned into poverty.

Face-to-face interviews were conducted to 1,200 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide to create the poll. The SWS said that they have sampling error margins of ±2.5% nationwide and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

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