SWS: 51% of Pinoys expect COVID-19 crisis to end in 2022

More than half of the Filipinos or 51 percent hope the COVID-19 crisis will finish in 2022, while 45 percent expect it to end beyond 2022, the Fourth Quarter 2021 Social Weather Survey showed.

The national survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) from December 12 to 16, 2021 also found the Filipinos’ sentiments on three specific proposal and policies about the pandemic, namely, vaccine mandate for all, bi-weekly RT-PCR testing for unvaccinated employees, and no dine-in policy for unvaccinated customers.

The vaccine mandate for all which tested the statement, “It is only right to enact into law the proposal of Pres. Duterte to compel all Filipinos to get vaccinated against COVID-19” revealed that 51 percent agreed; 35 percent disagreed; and 14 percent were undecided.

For the bi-weekly RT-PCR test, 51 percent agreed, 35 disagreed and 14 percent were undecided on the statement, “It is only right that unvaccinated employees are not allowed to report for work until they give a negative RT-PCR test result every two weeks.”

As for the no dine-in policy for the unvaccinated, the test statement, “It is only right that people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 cannot dine-in inside the restaurants,” had 49 percent who agreed; 36 percent who disagreed; and 14 percent who were undecided.

The survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,440 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide: 360 each in Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao. The sampling error margins are +-2.6% for national percentages and +-5.2% for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

The survey was non-commissioned.

Hope strongest in Mindanao

According to SWS, hope that the pandemic will end within the year was highest in Mindanao at 62 percent, followed by Balance Luzon at 51 percent, Metro Manila at 49 percent and the Visayas at 41 percent.

“Conversely, those who expect the COVID-19 crisis to end after 2022 are highest in the Visayas (56 percent), followed by Metro Manila (48 percent), Balance Luzon (44 percent), and Mindanao (35 percent),” the polling firm said.

Net agreement with a vaccine mandate is “strong to moderate” in all areas except in the Visayas.

There was also higher net agreement with a vaccine mandate among the more educated groups, the survey found.–LDF, GMA News

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