From April to September of 2011, 80,000 British citizens of all races were asked four questions about their well-being, including: how satisfied they are with their lives; to what extent they feel the things they do in their life are worthwhile; how happy they felt yesterday; and how anxious they felt yesterday. Respondents were given a scale of 1 to 10 upon which to rate their answers.
While the average life satisfaction rating was a 7.4 out of a possible 10, Black Britons recorded an average life satisfaction rating of 6.6, a score below both the national average and all other races individually. Indian and white Britons posted the highest life satisfaction ratings of 7.41 and 7.43 respectively.
"The reasons for these results are not easy to pin down,” BBC home editor Mark Easton said, noting that variables such as income, education, employment patterns within different ethnic groups and prejudice could have an affect on the disparate results. "Equally it may that there are cultural differences in the way people respond to questions from pollsters.”
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