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According to the SPN Happiness Index Survey launched last week, residents in Sooke are adequately happy. Responders clock in at an overall score of 64%. The Canadian academic equivalent of that score is a solid “C,” otherwise known as Adequate.
This survey by no means pretends to be scientific. We limited responses to 100 responders (we closed it at 98), as we are using the Survey Monkey free version. If someone wants to sponsor a Survey Monkey full account upgrade, we’re happy to go over 100 responders. Also note, all of the responders are SPN readers. No attempt was made to reach out beyond our readership (hence, the certainly-not-scientific statement).
Continuing the non-scentific theme, the questions we posed were loosely based on the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, used to measure the Gross National Happiness. The results are not meant to accurately define all of Sooke, but rather to pique the “Hmmmm, isn’t that interesting…” curiosity of the reader.
This survey looked at the eight interconnected domains (topics) that measures stability and change in the well-being spectrum.
- Community Vitality
- Democratic Engagement
- Healthy Populations
- Leisure and Culture
- Living Standards
- Time Use
Overall, the Sooke score per domain was as follows:
The standard deviation is 18%, meaning that the data points are spread out over a wider range of values (see the first chart, the range of scores is from the lowest at 15% to highest at 98%).
Almost half of the population (48.98) volunteers. Just over half of us (52.04%) have five or more friends. We are a trusting people (72.45%) and just over half of us (56.12%) feel safe walking at night.
Sookies (at least those SPN readers who took the survey) tend to vote (79.59%) and half somewhat trust the democratic process, but overall there as a notable low confidence (28.57%) in politicians. (This goes supports an earlier report that politicians are among the least respected profession.)
Education stood out with the most startling results. While many-to-most have a high school and/or higher education and/or additional training, significantly pulling down the overall score was the last statement in the questionnaire: Only a paltry 15.31% responders self declared that they were employed doing education-related activity. Makes one wonder how many degrees were wasted.
As far as individual contributions to the environment, Sookies are aware of their ecological footprint (79.59%) and are purposefully reducing it (66.33%). As expected, Sookies mostly recycle (the highest single score, at 96.94%). There was much lower confidence that the municipality was prepared, with only a 23.47% confidence. Just under half of us are earthquake ready (46.94).
The Health domain, surprisingly (given the lack of emergency and the shortage of medical services in Sooke) was the second highest score in the entire survey (81%). Most survey responders have a family doctor (85.71%), are mildly active on a daily basis (78.57%) and don’t smoke (77.55%). Mental health received a higher score (63.27%) than physical health (58.16%). The lowest item in this section was the flu shot, with only 39.80% regularly receiving it.
As far as leisure activity goes, this was the lowest ranked domain of the entire survey. While many visit parks and heritage places (82.65%), with arts and social activities each hovering slightly over half. Also slightly over half are the number of Sookies (53.06%) who vacation more than 80km away.
The Living Standard saw over three quarters or respondents reporting a livable income (75.51%). They are food secure (89.80%). They like the people they live with (77.55%) and work with (77.55%), and 85.71% are reasonably content most of the time. The only items that significantly deviated from the joy of living in Sooke was affordable housing, with only 42.86% reporting they live in accommodations that consume no more than 30% of their income.
Lastly, all responses in the Time Use domain were ranged between 55% and 65%, indicating a moderate degree of contentment with life balance, commuting time, and time with friends and family. Sookies more or less get enough sleep.