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Survey: People satisfied with quality of life
Updated: 2004-12-25 00:04

In 2004, Chinese residents became more satisfied with the country's overall quality of life in 2004, says a recent survey by the Horizon Group.

According to the survey, 80.1 per cent of the people interviewed feel positive about China's overall quality of life, while only 2.6 per cent feel negative.

Rural residents gave the country the highest marks, residents in small cities and towns lower, and urban citizens the lowest. Just 1.5 per cent of rural population made negative comments, and the percentage is, respectively, 5.6 per cent and 2.6 per cent for urban citizens and small town residents.

Confidence in government management and expectation for the harvest from scientific and technological development got the highest marks. People also have more confidence in the country's international status, national economy and further reform. These items all achieved higher rankings than last year.

Compared with 2002 and 2003, Chinese people feel less safe.

Among the national economy, international status and public security, Chinese residents are most satisfied with international status and most confident with the future economic development. Despite lower satisfaction with public security, Chinese residents show confidence in its future improvement.

The survey by the Horizon Group, was conducted in November in seven municipalities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Shenyang and Xi'an as well as seven small cities and the surrounding rural areas.

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