Hong Kong people are slightly happier than last year, despite declined satisfaction with public policy and the living environment, according to the Hong Kong Happiness Index Survey 2013.
Hong Kong people’s happiness index this year has slightly increased to 70.5, up from 70.3 last year on a scale of 0-100. Even though the uptick in the happiness index is insignificant, it is still unexpected in view of the social and political tensions in Hong Kong.
Dissatisfaction with the quality of public policy, living environment, health care service, media, in addition to work pressures, excessively long hours and financial burdens, are important causes of unhappiness among Hong Kong people. According to the survey results, low-income families are generally less happy than those better off. The lowest happiness score, at 65.31, goes to those who reported family incomes between $1 and $9,999 per month. Those reporting family incomes at $40,000 or above got the highest happiness index at 73.3.
Designed by the Centre for Public Policy Studies of Lingnan University, the Hong Kong Happiness Index Survey 2013 is the ninth in the series. A total of 942 respondents aged 21 or above were interviewed by telephone on 8-13 November. The survey was conducted with the help of the Public Governance Programme of the University and sponsored by the Shih Wing Ching Foundation.
The report of “Hong Kong Happiness Index Survey 2013” has been uploaded to http://www.ln.edu.hk/news/20131212/happiness%20index_2013.