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National Survey for Wales, January - March 2012 Wellbeing results

The National Survey for Wales includes a number of questions about wellbeing. Most of these questionswere developed by the Office for National Statistics for their Annual Population Survey. The National Survey asks four questions on overall subjective wellbeing and eight questions on satisfaction with various ‘domains of life’. The survey also included questions on a range of policy areas relevant to wellbeing, including local communities, the natural environment, crime, accessibility to local services and discrimination.

This bulletin sets out some key results based on the first quarter of fieldwork for the survey (January to March 2012). Where appropriate, these results are compared with other surveys. Tables containing confidence intervals for some of the results are presented in Annex A. The full questionnaire is available on the National Survey web pages and results covering the full range of topics can be accessed via StatsWales. More detailed analysis will be carried out on the first full year of results, available from May 2013. Information on the survey design and methodology, potential uses of the results, and definitions of terms used in the bulletin, can be found in the Key quality information section.

Key findings

• Low wellbeing was more likely to be reported by unemployed people and by people dissatisfied with their physical or mental health. 41% of unemployed people gave a low rating for their ‘satisfaction with life’ (compared with 15% of employed people). 61% of those with poor mental health gave a low score for ‘how happy they felt yesterday’ (compared with 21% of those with good mental health).

• People who were dissatisfied with their financial situation were more likely than the general population to be dissatisfied with other areas of their life.

• People living in the most deprived areas were more likely than people living in the least deprived areas to feel unsafe after dark. 83% of people living in the least deprived area felt safe walking in their local area after dark, compared with 64% of people in the most deprived areas.

• 9% of people had experienced discrimination in the past 12 months.