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60. Each Nation's Current Life Goals

US Survey
(US SURVEY) Which of the following comes closest to your current personal goal in life?
To have a happy family
To live as I like
To have a successful career
To work on behalf of society
To get rich
To enhance social status
Other
Not Sure
China Survey
(CHINA SURVEY) Which of the following comes closest to your personal goal in life?
To have a happy family
To live as I like
To have a successful career
To work on behalf of society
To get rich
To enhance social status
Other
Not Sure
To be healthy
Children to be successful

Narrative Analysis

United States:
  • Three-quarters of the US public (74%) indicate having a happy family as their current personal goal, consistent with 2007.
China:
  • Wealth and family are the two priorities of the Chinese public: 48.6% give greater weight to being rich, and 45.1% hope to have a happy family. Only 11.2% of the respondents choose to work on behalf of society.
  • In 2007, to have a happy family ranked first, but in 2011, the percentage drops (53.5% -> 45.1%), whereas the percentage of those selecting "to be rich" rises (42.3% -> 48.6%).