Four-fifths of Russian citizens satisfied with their life: survey

09:54, January 06, 2010      

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The latest survey showed that nearly four-fifths of Russian city residents were satisfied with their current life, local media reported.

The poll, conducted by the strategic research center of Russia's national insurance company on some 19,513 people from 35 major cities across the country, showed that as of Dec. 2009, 79 percent of respondents were "totally satisfied" or "basically satisfied" with their current life.

This marked a rise in people's sense of happiness, as 74 percent respondents said they were content with their life in a similar survey between September and October.

It was attributable to year-end bonus and upbeat expectations on their national economy in 2010, the director of the research center, Alexey Zubech, told the Interfax news agency.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in the last session of government presidium of 2009, said the "active phase" of the economic crisis in Russia was over, and "starting from the second half of the year, the economic growth resumed."

The Russian government has by and large implemented anti-crisis measures for the outgoing year, he said, adding that the country's gross domestic product was estimated to grow by 3 percent in 2010.

Judging from the poll results, said Zubech, male respondents were more satisfied with their life than their female counterparts, with the highest degree of satisfaction registered among the youngsters, in particular college students.

This also reflected the young people's optimism about the future, he added.

Source: Xinhua

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