According to the survey, conducted by the Sociological Group "Rating" in October 2010, 68% of Ukrainian respondents feel relatively happy, of which only 17% consider themselves definitely happy. However, every fifth respondent considers himself unhappy. Another 13% could not decide.
The passing year has not added happiness to Ukrainians. Compared to a similar research, conducted in October 2009, the number of people who consider themselves more or less happy has slightly decreased - from 70% to 68%. However, the number of those who consider themselves definitely happy has decreased from 27% to 17%.
Like last year, residents of the North and the West feel the happiest, residents of Donbas feel the least happy.
Dispositions of residents of the North (78%), the Centre (65%) and the South (66%) have not changed over a year. However, the level happiness has decreased in the extreme points of Ukraine: mostly in the West - from 85% to 72% (while the number of those who consider themselves definitely happy has reduced by half - from 39% to 19%), in the East - from 73% to 64%, and in Donbas - from 58% to 52%. It is sad to admit that at least every fourth resident of Donbas feels unhappy and only 9% consider themselves definitely happy.
Like a year ago, the research confirmed the thesis that over the years the feeling of happiness in our country was gradually disappearing.
Thus, young people aged 18 to 29 years (70%) feel the happiest, the elderly people (53%) feel the least happy. Almost a third of respondents aged over 60 feel unhappy.
Unmarried people feel happier than married. However, married people are much happier than divorced and single.
People with higher level of education are happier. Thus, among respondents with higher education 74% feel happy and only 51% of those who have secondary education.
Unfortunately, the thesis "money won't buy happiness, was not confirmed by the research, according to which the higher is the income, the happier people feel.
Thus, among respondents, whose total income exceeds 3000 UAH for a family, 79% feel happy, and only 10% feel unhappy. In turn, among those respondents whose family income is less than 1000 UAH, only 49% feel happy and 37% feel unhappy.
The research has not left behind the favorite topic of women and has also shown how weight affects people’s feeling of happiness.
Women are categorical in this respect - the lower is their weight, the happier they are. For example, among women who weigh less than 60 kilograms 74% feel happy, among women who weigh 90 kilograms or more - only 55%.
Men have the opposite reaction to weight: the thinnest male respondents (less than 60 kg) feel the least happy, while men, who weigh more, feel happier. To compare, among men who weigh less than 60 kg only 57% are happy, and among men who weigh 90 kg or more this number is 70%.
The "happiest" weight for women is less than 60 kg, while men’s weight of "happiness" is between 70 kg and 79 kg.
The target audience of the research: the population of Ukraine aged from 18 and older. Optional quantity: 2000 respondents. The methods of investigation: personal formalized interview according to the questionnaire (face to face). Measure of inaccuracy for the values close to 50% is less than 3%, for the values close to 30% – less than 2,6%, for the values close to 10% – less than 1,8. The period of completion: 4-11 of October 2010
The oblast’ distribution:
West: Volyns’ka, Transcarpathia, Ivano–Frankivs’ka, L’vivs’ka, Rivnens’ka, Ternopil’s’ka, Chernivets’ka.
Centre: Vinnyts’ka, Kirovograds’ka, Poltavs’ka, Khmel’nyts’ka, Cherkas’ka.
North: Kyiv, Kyivs’ka, Zhytomyrs’ka, Sums’ka, Chernihivs’ka.
South: AR Crimea, Odes’ka, Khersons’ka, Mykolaivs’ka, Sevastopol
East: Dnipropetrovs’ka, Zaporiz’ka, Kharkivs’ka.
Donbass: Donets’ka, Luhans’ka.