Personal happiness

Dec 4, 2018

Q. Thinking about your own personal situation, do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

Total agree Total disagree Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree Jun 2017 Agree
I am happy in my personal/family life 73%         10%         26%         47%         17%         7%         2%         79%
I am happy in my life overall 70%         10%         21%         49%         19%         7%         3%         74%
I am happy in my social life 66%         12%         19%         47%         22%         10%         2%         71%
I am happy in my spiritual life 56%         7%         18%         39%         36%         5%         2%         62%
I am happy in my work life 42%         17%         10%         32%         41%         12%         5%         52%

All but one statement (I am happy in my work life) received majority agreement. The area in which happiness was the highest was personal/family life, in which 73% were happy, while the area in which happiness was lowest overall was work life, in which 42% were happy.

People in WA were least happy with their work life (with 15% strongly disagreeing with the statement) and their lives overall (10% strongly disagreeing with statement).

All areas have seen a decline in happiness since 2017, with the proportion of people agreeing they are happy with their work life declining by 10%pts (from 52%) and spiritual life declining 6%pts.

Additional breakdowns of this question are on the following page.

Additional table

This table provides a cross-tabulation of the proportion who “very strongly” agreed with each statement across a number of demographics.

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Green Vote Other Male Female Earn <$78k Earn >$78k 18-34 35-54 55+
I am happy in my personal/family life 26%         25%         32%         20%         25%         26%         27%         21% 32% 25% 23% 32%
I am happy in my social life 19% 19%         22%         12%         22%         20%         18%         16% 22% 17% 16% 25%
I am happy in my work life 10% 9%         14% 4%         9%         10%         9%         7% 14% 9% 9% 10%
I am happy in my spiritual life 18% 15%         21%         17%         21%         17%         18%         16% 20% 16% 17% 21%
I am happy in my life overall 21% 21%         23%         17%         24%         22%         21%         18% 25% 19% 17% 30%

Liberal voters are more likely to strongly agree (14%) that they are happy in their work life, than voters of other parties.

Those with a household income of more than $78,000 are more likely to be happy in their life overall (25%), their personal/family life (32%), their social life (22%) and their work life (14%).

People aged 55 and over are more likely to strongly agree that they are happy with their life overall than those aged under 55 (30% vs. 19%).