More Chinese Satisfied with Life Now Than Five Years Ago, Pew Survey Finds

Significantly more Chinese express satisfaction with life now than 5 and 12 years ago - this is according to a survey recently conducted by Pew Research Center, which is based in the United States.

Back in 2002, when asked where they place themselves on a ladder of life rated 0 to 10, just 23 pecent of the Chinese surveyed responded by saying that they are on 7 or above. In 2007, the percentage of the people who gave the same answer increased to 33. The most recent poll shows that, in 2014, 59% of the Chinese survey say that they stand on step 7 or above of the life ladder. During the same periods, same indicaters for life satisfaction in some developed countries have remained static. For the citizens of the United States, the percentages are 64, 66, and 65 respectively; for citizens of the U.K., the numbers are 54, 59, and 58; for the Japanese, 39, 41, and 43.

Sixty-six percent of the Chinese surveyed say they have made progress in their life in the past five years; 11% say they stayed where they were; 22% report that they actually lost ground in the past 5 years.

In comparison, 49% of the Russians polled say that they see progress in the past 5 years; 31% indicate currently staying where they were 5 years ago; 22 percent believe they have lost ground. Just 23% of Ukrainians believe they have made progress in the past 5 years; 25% see no change; and 49% report regression.

With regard to various aspects of their life, over 70% of Chinese place themselves on 7 or above on a scale of 10 in terms of health, family, and safety of neighborhood. Over 60% do the same in terms of standard of living, quality of schools, social life, and present job. Just 48% of the Chinese, however, rated the same level of satisfaction regarding their religious life.