Majority of Filipinos more attracted to intelligence than looks, survey shows

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14)— Four out five Filipinos would rather have partners with smarts than looks, according to a survey released as the world celebrates Valentine's Day.

Independent pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported Friday that 81 percent of respondents in its survey said they are more attracted to brains than looks.

Nineteen percent of the respondents—a pool of 1,200 Filipino adults—meanwhile said they prefer looks over intelligence.

Of this data, more women (83 percent) listed intelligence as a top romantic trait, slightly higher than the 78 percent of men who answered the same.

Are Filipinos happy with their love lives?

Filipinos are also divided when it comes to their love lives, SWS added.

Half of Filipinos or 54 percent said they have a “very happy love life.” The number is up three percentage points from the 51 percent recorded in the previous year.

Thirty –two percent said they could have happier love lives (sana mas masaya pa), while 14 percent said they had no significant other.

The survey noted men were also happier with their love lives at 60 percent,compared to women at 49 percent.

Love was also not the top priority of Filipinos, as majority (70 percent) of respondents said they would pick health over love and money. Those who chose love comprise 23 percent, while seven percent said they would first pick money.

The nationwide poll was conducted through face-to-face interviews from December 13 to 16, 2019.

The survey had a ±3 percent error margin, ±6 percent each for for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Balance Luzon refers to areas on Luzon Island that are outside Metro Manila.