CASH OR IN-KIND Majority of Filipino Catholics prefer to receive cash gifts this Christmas, according to a survey released by the Church-run Radio Veritas on Saturday (Dec. 3, 2022).  While 38 percent preferred to receive cash, 32 percent of the 1,200 respondents said they wanted in-kind.  (PNA photo)

MANILA – Majority of Filipino Catholics prefer to receive cash gifts this Christmas, a Church-based survey revealed on Saturday.

In Veritas Truth Survey (VTS) conducted from Nov. 1 to 30 by Church-run Radio Veritas, 1,200 respondents were asked what kind of gift they would prefer for Christmas.

Thirty-eight percent of the respondents said they wanted to receive “gifts in cash” this holiday season, while 32 percent preferred to have “gifts in kind”.

Twenty-two percent said they wanted to get either cash or in-kind and eight percent were undecided.

Thirty-nine percent of the female respondents said they wanted to receive cash gifts, higher than the 37 percent posted by their male counterparts.

When analyzed by age, teenagers (ages 13-20 years old), 58 percent preferred gifts in kind; 17 percent for cash gifts; 17 percent said it does not matter (whether cash or kind) and that it is the thought that counts and eight percent were left undecided.

For young adults (ages 21-39 years old) 53 percent preferred cash gifts, 25 percent for gifts in kind, 15 percent said either of the two, and seven percent were undecided.

Thirty-five percent of the respondents from the 40-60 age bracket said they preferred cash gifts and another 35 percent wanted them in kind. Twenty-seven percent said it does not matter while three percent were undecided.

For elderly respondents (ages 61 and above) 34 percent preferred gifts in cash and 31 percent wanted in kind; 23 percent said it does not matter and 12 percent were undecided.

The survey used a stratified random sample of 1,200 respondents nationwide for a +/- 3% margin of error (gathered through a text-based and online data-gathering process from an existing database of previous face-to-face on-ground interviews). (PNA)