Europe: Political Left/Right and Satisfaction

Satisfaction and political left/right leaning. A set of questions on the satisfaction level on the items below was asked, and a score ran from 1-11 was given, 1 being extremely dissatisfied and 11 being extremely satisfied. The items included:

  1. How satisfied with the present state of economy in country.
  2. How satisfied with the national government.
  3. How satisfied with the way democracy works in the country.
  4. How satisfied with the state of education in country nowadays.
  5. How satisfied with the state of health services in country nowadays.

A “M” curve is observed for most of the average/mean score result responding to each question above. Apart from the satisfaction level with health services, the score given by the people on the left political-leaning tend to be lower than people on the right. This phenomenon is particularly obvious for the satisfaction score on national government and the way democracy works in the country. People on the center-right (group 7) political placement tends to give highest satisfaction score on every account for the questions asked.

Overall, the satisfaction level decrease with list like: democracy > education > health services > economy > national government.

Source: European Social Survey.

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