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Poll ranks RP 3rd happiest nation

A global poll showed the Philippines among the merriest and optimistic nation in the world, as it ranked third behind Fiji and Colombia out of 55 nations surveyed.
It was actually a slide from last year when the country shared second place with China with a net score of +79 in the poll.
The Palace attributed the results of the poll to optimism as a result of the positive actions taken by the Duterte administration that resulted in the 81 percent satisfaction rating on the President in a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
Gallup International’s 41st Annual Global End of the Year Survey showed the Philippines having a net score of +84 as a result of 86 percent of Filipino respondents saying they were happy against two percent stating they were unhappy.
The question asked by Gallup was “In general, do you personally feel very happy, happy, neither happy nor unhappy, unhappy or very unhappy about your life?”
Fiji got top spot in the Gallup poll with a score of +92 followed by Colombia with +87.
On the other side of the scale, it was Iran rated as the unhappiest country in the world last year with a net score of +5.
“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,” the pollster said.
It added that the survey is an annual tradition initiated by and designed under the chairmanship of Dr. George Gallup in 1977, who is the founder of the polling firm.
“It is conducted every year since then. This year it was carried out by the Gallup International Association in partnership with WIN in 55 countries around the world,” it added.
A total of 53769 persons were interviewed globally and in each country a representative sample of around 1000 men and women was interviewed either face to face, via telephone or online.

It said the field work was conducted during October 2017 to December 2017 with a margin of error of between positive three and negative five percent at 95 percent confidence level
The Philippines, based on the survey, also maintained its spot as the seventh most optimistic nation tying with Kosovo with a net score of +67.
The survey showed 44 percent of Filipinos said they think that this year will be better than 2017, four percent answered worse, and 48 percent said it will be the same as last year.
Indonesia is the most positive nation in 2017 with a net score of +67, while Italy maintained its rank as the top most pessimistic country with a net score of -41.
In the economic front, the Philippines got a net score of +32 taking fifth place in economic index with 42 percent of Filipinos said that 2018 will be a year of prosperity against 10 percent seeing economic difficulty this year. The remaining 46 percent answered that the country’s economy will remain the same as last year.
Nigeria ranked first in terms of economic optimism, followed by Vietnam (+55), Indonesia (+53) and India (+46).
Italy, meanwhile, consistently topped the top 10 list of pessimist countries with a net score of -50.
Gallup noted that economic optimism in the world “has declined over the months” as the study showed that economic pessimism is two points higher than economic optimism at 28 percent.
Palace also happy
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the result of the polls was a good opening for Filipinos for 2018.
“We enter the new year with the good news that the Philippines is the third happiest country in the world, the fifth most optimistic about the country’s economic prosperity, and the ninth most optimistic about the prospects for 2018,” Roque said in a statement.
“We Filipinos are known as a happy, resilient people. We even manage to smile amid difficulties. It is therefore not surprising that we rank high in the global happiness index,” he added.
Roque said that such optimism could be attributed to “the palpable change our people have felt under the leadership” of President Rodrigo Duterte, citing the country’s fast-growing economic growth, as well as the record-high stock trading and the record-breaking investments.
“Our people have, indeed, appreciated these changes as reflected in the survey numbers. The challenge, therefore, is for us in the government to sustain the pace and momentum of our economic growth and bring it to the greatest number of our people,” Roque said.

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