Croatia’s 2012 National Happiness Index shows most Croats feel no optimism about their prospects and have no faith in the government or political parties.As many as 60 per cent of the Croatians cannot see any future for themselves and for their families, while 75 per cent of respondents do not believe that political parties work to the benefit of most people, a recent poll shows.The National Happiness Index survey was conducted by the Banka magazine, the Hendal market research agency and the Allianz international financial services provider among 600 Croatians in April and May.
The happiest respondents are aged between 15 and 24 and come from Zagreb and major Dalmatian cities, while the unhappiest are the jobless, pensioners and housewives aged over 55 who live in the central areas of Lika, Kordun and Banija and in the eastern area of Slavonia and have low education.
Confidence among Croats in the good intentions of political parties has been falling for years.
As many as 64 per cent of those polled expressed complete dissatisfaction with the developments in Croatia regarding the potential for a decent life, and 65 per cent were completely dissatisfied with the government’s management of natural resources.
On the scale from 1 to 5, the respondents gave a low rating of 2.36 in terms of satisfaction with the government’s performance.