Two Decades of Social Weather Reporting in the Philippines

  • Mahar Mangahas
  • Linda Luz B. Guerrero
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 33)


For over two decades, Social Weather Stations (, a non-stock, non-profit private scientific institute, has been generating a steady stream of survey-based national statistics on the quality of life (QOL, which is intended to include the quality of governance),2 and public opinion in the Philippines. Its historical background3 is the development of QOL-measurement principles (1974–75), the demonstration of the use of social surveys to construct new QOL indicators (1981–84), and the successful combination of independent, open opinion polling with QOL-measurement (1984–85). Since 1985, SWS has been serving as an independent source of pertinent, accurate, timely and credible data on Philippine economic, social and political conditions, produced mainly by a quarterly omnibus called the Social Weather Survey. The SWS surveys include innovative measures of hunger and poverty, traditional measures of gaining/losing, optimism/pessimism, victimization by crime, satisfaction in governance and in democracy, life-satisfaction and happiness, and readings of public opinion on contemporary issues, including elections. The data are regularly released to the general public through the mass media, and thus serve to place many social issues on the political agenda.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahar Mangahas
    • 1
  • Linda Luz B. Guerrero
  1. 1.Social Weather StationsQuezon CityPhilippines

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