Two-thirds of Canadians are 'pretty happy,' survey suggests
B.C., Quebec highest in 'very happy' category, but 18% call themselves 'not too happy'
All things considered, most Canadians say they are generally happy and satisfied with their lives, according to a survey released Monday by the Angus Reid Institute.
When asked whether they were "very happy," "pretty happy" or "not too happy," almost two-thirds of Canadians chose the middle-of-the-road answer.
Sixteen per cent, meanwhile, said they were "very happy" and 18 per cent said they were "not too happy." Another three per cent said they weren't sure or couldn't answer.
"I think on balance we're pretty happy," Shachi Kurl, senior vice-president at Angus Reid, said of the survey results.
The survey also suggested there are significant differences across regions in terms of people who say they are "very happy."
B.C. and Quebec reported the highest levels at 20 and 22 per cent, respectively. Atlantic Canada, meanwhile, had the lowest level at nine per cent. The remaining regions in the survey included Manitoba (19), Ontario (14), Saskatchewan (13) and Alberta (12).
Kurl said a number of factors could contribute to the variations by region, including quality of life, weather patterns and job prospects.
80% satisfied with overall quality of life
Canadians on the whole also reported that they were satisfied with their lives on a range of metrics, from the number of friends they have to how others think about them.
Eighty per cent said they were very or somewhat satisfied with their overall quality of life. Similar numbers reported satisfaction with the number of friends they have, where they live and their relationships with family members.
Only 56 per cent said they were satisfied with their personal financial situation, and 60 per cent said they were satisfied with their level of stress.
"In general, we really are looking at a population in some ways that have won the lottery of birth or migration," said Kurl. "We live in a country where people are expressing a level of satisfaction and happiness in their lives that is the majority view."
There were also variations between age groups, with older Canadians seemingly the more cheery of the bunch.
Although there was no significant variation among age groups in terms of feeling "pretty happy" or "very happy," only 13 per cent of those 55 or older reported feeling "not too happy" compared to 20 per cent for people 18 to 34 and 21 per cent for those 35 to 54.
The poll results are based on an online survey of 1,530 adult Canadians who are members of the Angus Reid Forum from Dec. 10-14, 2015.