Russians happier now than at any point in last 25 years – poll

(RBTH) – The absolute majority of Russian citizens feel happy and the depth of happiness reached its historical maximum in the past 25 years, the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) sociologists said following a poll.

A total of 78 percent of Russians admitted that they are happy, while in each 2012 and 2013 there were 77 percent who did so, VTsIOM told Interfax on Wednesday.

In the past 25 years these are the best figures.

 Young people aged between 18 and 24 (92 percent) and people with a higher education (83 percent) have this stance most often, while 14 percent consider themselves to be unhappy and 2 percent are miserable, the survey showed.

According to the poll held in April among 1,600 respondents in 130 cities, towns and villages in 42 Russian regions, 30 percent associate happiness with family wellbeing. The share of Russians sharing this viewpoint remains almost unchanged in the past five years. Seventeen percent see happiness in children and grandchildren, 13 percent feel happy about successful and interesting jobs or studies, sociologists said.

The number of those happy with no health issues of their own or their loved ones grew from 6 percent in 2013 to 11 percent, the survey showed. While the share of respondents, whose life is successful in every aspect declined in the past year from 17 percent to 12 percent, and another 4 percent said they did not see reasons to be sad.

According to the poll, those feeling unhappy refer most often to a low income level (15 percent), old age and disease (8 percent), the lack of a good job (4 percent), to everything to going right (4percent), being lonely (4 percent), inflation (4 percent), and having no roof over their head (4percent). Meanwhile, 1 percent said they do not live but survive and that is why they are absolutely unhappy, while 63 percent of unhappy people failed to name the reason for being unhappy.

A total of 45 percent of Russian citizens live among happy people (against 33 percent in 2011), sociologists said. These are most often young people aged between 18 and 24 (63 percent) and less often respondents aged over 60 (34 percent). At the same time, 12 percent of Russians said they were surrounded by unhappy people (against 24 percent in 2011). Thirty-eight percent of respondents have approximately the same number of happy and unhappy people around them, the survey showed.

Source: RBTH  |  Author: by Interfax

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