Most Filipinos ‘very happy’ with their love life, says poll

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04:28 AM February 14th, 2012

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IN THE NAME OF LOVE Filipinos are known to be romantic people. Proof, mass weddings free to the public are usually held in various parts of the country, meant for “live-in” couples who couldn’t afford the usually expensive ceremony. AFP file photo

MANILA, Philippines—Nearly seven of 10 adult Filipinos (68 percent) would not change religion in the name of love, according to the latest survey by Social Weather Stations.

The fourth quarter survey also showed that 54 percent would follow their “heart” while 45 percent said they would follow their “mind” when it came to love matters, and that the majority of adult Filipinos (59 percent) are “very happy” with their love life.

The survey, done from Dec. 3 to 7, posed the question: “In case you and your loved one do not have the same religion, will you definitely change/likely change/likely not change/definitely not change your religion in the name of love?”

Among the 68 percent who said they would not change their religion, 50 percent answered they would “definitely not change” and 18 percent said they would “likely not change.”

Thirty-one percent were willing to change their religion for love—14 percent said they would “likely change” and 17 percent said they would “definitely change.”

“Unwillingness to change their religion for their loved ones is strong in all religions,” SWS said yesterday, eve of Valentine’s Day.

Men follow their hearts

More Filipino men (56 percent) than women (51 percent) would follow their heart than their mind when it comes to love, SWS also noted.

While 52 percent of younger men aged 18-24 said they would follow their mind rather than their heart, the majority of older men said they were more likely to follow their heart—59 percent among those aged 25-34, 58 percent among those aged 35-44, 58 percent among those aged 45-54, and 54 percent among those aged 55 and older.

“Quite the opposite, following their heart over their mind in matters of love is higher among women aged 54 years old and below,” SWS said.

Fifty-one percent among women aged 45-54, 56 percent among those aged 35-44, 54 percent among those aged 25-34 and 59 percent among those aged 18-24 said they would follow their heart in matters of love.

The noncommissioned survey used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide. It had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.

Love and faith

Unwillingness to change their religion for love was strongest among Muslims, where 56 percent said they would “definitely not change” and 17 percent said they would “likely not change” their religion for love.

Among Roman Catholics, 50 percent said they would “definitely not change” and 18 percent said they would “likely not change” their religion, compared to 18 percent who would “definitely change” and 14 percent who would “likely change” religion for the sake of love.

SLOW DAY. A flower vendor takes a nap as she waits for customers Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 at a flower street known as "Dangwa" in Manila, Philippines ahead of Tuesday's Valentine's Day celebration. Filipinos, as in most people all over the world, celebrate Valentine's Day with flowers, chocolates and fine dining. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Among Protestants, 51 percent would “definitely not change” and 6 percent would “likely not change” their religion for love, while 15 percent would “definitely change” and 24 percent would “likely change.”

Willingness to change their religion in the name of love is slightly higher among Protestants and Catholics, SWS noted.

Married ones

“Following one’s heart rather than mind over matters of love is more prevalent among married Filipinos and those with live-in partners, than those who are single,” the survey also showed.

The majority of those with live-in partners (64 percent) and those who are married (55 percent) said they would follow their heart rather than their mind when it came to love.

On the other hand, the majority of those who are single (52 percent) said they would follow their mind, while 46 percent would follow their heart. Kate Pedroso, Inquirer Research

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