Silicon Valley, July 28
The survey, conducted by the Pew Global Attitudes Project in about 47 nations, shows that increasing contentment in India as well as some other developing nations, including China, is clearly correlated with sizeable increases in the per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that has far outpaced the rate of growth prior to 2002.
Over the last five years, the per capita GDP in India rose by 38 per cent and the percentage of people in the country expressing life satisfaction has grown from 29 per cent to 41 per cent, the survey found.
Perhaps reflecting their country’s tremendous economic growth in recent years, the Chinese are more likely than any other nation to say they are better off now than they were five years ago, it said.
In contrast, levels of personal contentment and satisfaction with annual incomes have been much more stable in North America, Western Europe and Japan, where income growth has been less impressive.
Also, unlike the developing countries, satisfaction with national conditions is flat or has declined in most advanced nations where trends are available.
According to the survey, trends in opinions about the course of one’s country are also closely correlated with changing economic fortunes.
In India, a significantly higher number of people are satisfied with the state of the country now, which is 42 per cent versus seven per cent in 2002, though evaluations of the government and national leadership have remained fairly stable at 77 per cent in 2007, it stated.
Similarly, about seven in 10 Indians are more upbeat about the country’s economy, compared with 39 per cent in 2002.
Chinese express much more satisfaction with national conditions than they did in 2002, 83 per cent now as compared to 48 per cent then. Chinese also give universal support for the national government - with 89 per cent saying the national government has a very good or somewhat good influence on the way things are going in the country, the report said.
Among developing nations, workers in India and Kuwait convey the most contentment with their jobs, the poll survey added.— PTI