A recent study found that people of the Dominican Republic are the most satisfied with their lives out of the entire Latin America and Caribbean region.
A survey conducted by Latinobarómetro across the region showed that 88 percent of Dominicans said that they are “very satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” with their lives, topping the regional average life satisfaction which is 77 percent. The country also came out as the happiest in the last poll, conducted during 2013.
The report noted that there is a clear relationship between life satisfaction and economic situation.
A total of 96 percent of Dominicans who rated their personal economic situation as “good” are satisfied with their life, while one in four Dominicans who rated their personal economic situation as “bad” were dissatisfied.
However, income is not related to their happiness as half of those polled had difficulties in making ends meet but remained happy. Furthermore, 22 percent of them said that their personal finances improved this year.
Latinobarómetro also revealed that the main problem in Dominican Republic is crime and public safety, 54 percent of those polled are satisfied with the island’s democracy and 33 percent are satisfied with the economy.
“In that sense, I think that all the efforts made by President Danilo Medina to bring welfare to the Dominican Republic, in different areas such as health, agriculture, the commissioning of the 911; to road assistance has Works, all that has helped register today about better living standards,” said Presidency Minister Jose Ramon Peralta about the report.
The study covered 18 countries in the region from January 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015, with a mergin error of 3 percent.
Costa Ricans and Panamanians came in 2nd place while Peruvians were the least happy.