2015 apparently took quite a toll on the people of China, a recent Gallup poll has found that more Chinese suffered stress last year than any year in the past decade.
The poll was taken last July, with 4,265 respondents from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. 27% of that number reported worrying about something or other the previous day, while 40% reported high stress.
Both were a significant jump, 18% and 28% respectively, from the previous year’s results. And to put it in a broader context: over the last decade, the previous peak of “worried” Chinese was 25% (in 2006 and 2009), and the previous peak of those “stressed” was 38% in 2013. (In comparison, the lowest percentages have been 18% and 28% respectively.)
Apparently the economic slowdown has a lot to do with it, Gallup reporting in January that satisfaction with income dropped to 58% last year, from 66% in 2014.
The biggest drop in satisfaction overall has come from China’s rural residents. 28% of the rural community surveyed admitted to being worriers last year, compared to 16% in 2014; and 41% reported stress, up 15% from 2014.
Finance was a definite concern for rural Chinese last year, with 8% of the community admitting to difficulties affording food over the previous 12 months. 12% also struggled to afford adequate housing. This is in comparison to the 2% and 7% of city people, respectively.
Meanwhile, urbanites are… more or less as tormented as they’ve always been. In comparison to the downward spiral of rural residents, the stress percentage of city folk grew a mere 3% from 2014. And the percentage of worriers even dropped a bit, by 4%.
In any case, all this stress and bother apparently hasn’t stopped China from being the most optimistic country in the world, so it’s a wash.
By Pinky Latt