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Dynamics of the perception of happiness (2001 – 2016)
Press release by Liana Novikova
In a period of December 3-12 of 2016, Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) has conducted its own public opinion poll. Data were collected from 2040 respondents living in 110 settlements (PSU) in all regions of Ukraine (except for AR of Crimea) with the method of personal interviewing. The sample was stochastic and 4-staged with quota selection on the last stage, the sample is representative of the population of Ukraine aged 18 and above.
In Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts (regions) survey was conducted only in the territories that are controlled by the Ukrainian government. In this survey, the sample covered only the controlled part of Donbas in the same proportion as it stood for Donbas voters in the last parliamentary elections (October 2014) according to the data of CEC.
The statistical sample error (with a probability of 0.95 and design–effect of 1.5) does not exceed: 3.3% for indicators close to 50%, 2.8% – for indicators close to 25%, 2.0% – for indicators close to 10%, 1.4% – for indicators close to 5%.
Despite all the problems and difficulties, a little more than a half of the population of Ukraine are optimistic. According to a survey conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology in December 2016, 54% citizens of Ukraine felt happy or somewhat happy, 25% felt partly happy and partly no, and 19% - rather unhappy or unhappy.
Compared to previous years, the level of happiness among the population of Ukraine has not changed significantly: while during 2001-2010 there was a growth of overall level of happiness of the population, after 2011 the share of those who feels happy slightly decreased, and after 2012 the share of happy people stabilized at 57 % -60%. This share slightly decreased in 2016.
*For 2012-13 here is an annual average.
The feeling of happiness depends on many factors, including socio-demographic aspects, quality of life, social environment and so on.
According to the results of a survey:
Table 1. Distributionofanswerstothequestion “Doyouconsideryourselfahappyperson?”, Ukraine in general %
Table 2. “Doyouconsideryourselfahappyperson?” – distribution by age, %
Table 3. “Doyouconsideryourselfahappyperson?” – distribution by the income level, %
Table 4. “Doyouconsideryourselfahappyperson?” – distribution by macro-regions, %
Western macroregion – Volynska, Zakarpatska, Ivano-Frankivska, Lvivska, Rivnenska, Ternopilska, Khmelnytska, Chernivets`ka oblasts (regions); Central macroregion – Kyiv city, Kyivs`ka, Vinnytska, Zhytomyrska, Kirovohradska, Poltavska, Sumska, Cherkaska, Chernihivska oblasts; South macroregion – Dnipropetrovska, Zaporizka, Mykolaivska, Odeska, Khersonska oblasts; Eastern macroregion – Kharkivska, Donetska, Luhanska oblasts.
Table 5. Dynamics of the perception of happiness (2001 – 2016)
“Do you consider yourself a happy person?”
* For the years 2012-2013 there is combined average index.