Taiwan was one of two Asian nations, along with Singapore, that ranked among the 10 most pessimistic in the world last year, according to a Gallup poll on peoples’ satisfaction with their lives.
Twenty-six percent of Taiwanese surveyed rated their future as likely to be worse than their present circumstances, the fifth-highest among people from 141 countries and areas surveyed by Gallup last year.
Singapore was the ninth-most pessimistic country in the world with 24 percent of respondents expecting their lives to be worse in five years, according to the results of the poll which were published on Gallup’s Web site on Thursday last week.
Japan came 12th, with 22 percent of those surveyed expecting things to get worse.
Greece remained the most pessimistic country in the world last year, with 38 percent expecting their lives to go downhill. They were followed by the Czech Republic at 33 percent and Slovenia at 32 percent.
Gallup said it found that Europeans as a whole, and especially people in southern and eastern Europe, were still feeling the effects of the ongoing economic crisis and that their satisfaction with their current lives continued to be low.
People living in other parts of the world were much more optimistic about the future.
“Compared with Africa or Asia, where people see their future in brighter terms, many Europeans remain skeptical that their life situation will improve in the future,” Gallup said.
The survey was conducted through telephone and face-to-face interviews with approximately 1,000 people per country aged 15 and above and Gallup said it asked respondents to rate their current and expected future lives on an optimisim scale from zero to 10.