Although Taiwanese are generally happy, they are not very satisfied with the performance of the government, a survey showed yesterday.
The poll, with 1,119 respondents over the age of 20, was conducted by the Taiwan Competitiveness Forum between Aug. 1 and Aug. 5.
Up to 58.8 percent said they were happy, with the happiest group between the age of 20 and 29, while 19.3 percent of respondents said they were not happy.
Women appeared to be happier than men, while people living in northern Taiwan were found to be the happiest.
The survey also showed that the older the respondent, the less happy they were.
Of those polled, 21.6 percent said they were satisfied with the performance of the government in general — including the central and local governments — while 54.7 percent said they were dissatisfied.
Those in their 50s were the least satisfied with the government, while respondents aged 70 and above were the most satisfied.
Respondents living in southern Taiwan found the government’s performance the least satisfying, while people living in Hsinchu and Miaoli reported the most satisfaction.
“Although the figure showed the respondents’ attitude to the government in general, the Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT] administration should pay attention because this also means its satisfaction rate has hit a new low,” forum secretary-general Thomas Peng (彭錦鵬) told a press conference.
The survey also showed that Taiwanese generally found their health, family relations and friendships satisfying, but most were not happy with their income.
A total of 46.6 percent of the interviewees were not content with their earnings, while only 37.8 percent of them were pleased with the amount of money they made.
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