Taiwan ranks fourth lowest in negative emotions survey
Central News Agency
2014-06-16 11:38 PM
Washington D.C., June 16 (CNA) Taiwan boasts the world's fourth lowest scores on the 2013 Negative Experience Index, as its people experience less negative emotions than their counterparts in many other countries, according to the results of a survey released on June 12 by Gallup. Taiwan registered a score of just 17 on the Negative Experience Index, with only three nations scoring lower in the survey. The top three countries with the lowest Negative Experience Index scores are all located in Central Asia. They are Kyrgyzstan (13), Uzbekistan (13) and Kazakhstan (16). Taiwan did better than China (20), Japan (21) and the United States (33) in terms of people's negative feelings in their daily lives. Immediately next to Taiwan are South Africa (18), New Zealand (19) and Tajikistan (19). Gallup measured negative emotions in 138 countries in 2013 by asking 1,000 people aged 15 and older in every country whether they experienced a lot of stress, sadness, anger, physical pain, and worry the previous day. The world is a slightly more negative place than it was a few years ago, according to the index. The average index score moved up from 26 in 2012 to 27 in 2013. Iraq topped the list with the highest score at 57, followed by Iran at 53. Greek and Egypt tied in the third place with a score of 50. Iraq has made this undistinguished list every time it has been included in the Gallup World Poll and has led the world twice. Iran and the Palestinian Territories have at least made the top 15 every year. (By Tony Liao and Evelyn Kao)
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