Hongkongers remain happy despite the Occupy protests, am730.com reported Friday, citing a survey by Lingnan University.
The happiness index was unchanged at 70.5 points out of 100 from the same period last year.
The pollsters interviewed 922 Hong Kong residents 21 years old and above from Oct. 6 to Oct. 11.
However, the happiness index of interviewees under the age of 30 dropped 1.5 points from a year earlier to 67.8 points.
Ho Lok-sang, director of the university’s centre for public policy studies, was quoted as saying the decline in the happiness index of young people may be due to the fewer opportunities they perceive for improving their social status.
He said the situation could improve when the baby boomers retire.
The happiness index for families with a monthly income between HK$10,000 (US$1,290) and HK$20,000 fell 6.6 percent from last year to 63.7 points.
However, families with an income of less than HK$10,000 per month were happier. Their index rose 7.49 percent to 70.2 points.
The survey also showed that Hong Kong residents’ satisfaction with the government rose to 4.34 points out of 10 from 4.14 last year.
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