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Study of the Portuguese Society (July 2018)

Study of the Portuguese Society- Confidence in the education system and saving habits in Portugal (July 2018)

The Observatory of Portuguese Society of CATÓLICA-LISBON completed in July 2018 its last study that aimed to assess some variables and characteristics shared by members of the Portuguese Society.

This study, which was run next to 961 participants, assessed confidence in the education system, general levels of happiness and satisfaction with life, health perception, quality of life, position in society, saving habits, economic confidence, income and savings in members of the Portuguese society.

In the present study, participants reported a moderate-low level of satisfaction with the education system in Portugal and of satisfaction regarding the costs of public education in Portugal (Mean [M] = 5.60; Standard deviation [SD] = 1.93 and M = 5.43, SD = 2.24, respectively, scale ranges from 1 to 10 points). Concerning the level of trust in public schools in Portugal, although participants reported a moderate-low level of trust (M = 6.37, SD = 2.10, scale ranges from 1 to 10 points), there was a 7.8% growth in the confidence level in public schools, between November 2017 and July 2018. Regarding the level of quality, there was an increase of 8.2% in the perception of quality of the education system in Portugal and a 7.7% increase in the perception of quality of the child care system in Portugal, from November 2017 to July 2018, although in general this assessment continues to be moderate-low.

The results on consumption and saving habits indicate that, in general, participants are very interested in saving and have a positive level of saving habits. Concerning economic confidence, a higher proportion of participants assessed Portugal’s current economic conditions as weak or very weak, compared to the proportion that assessed as good or excellent. Nevertheless, a slightly greater proportion of participants report that the economic conditions in Portugal will improve, compared to the ones who think they will get worse. Globally, participants assess the economic conditions in Portugal more negatively than positively, particularly regarding Portugal’s current economic conditions. Compared to data collected in July 2017, there is a negative evolution of this indicator of the economic confidence in Portugal.

Concerning general indicators of happiness and satisfaction with life, measured transversally between October 2015 and July 2018, results indicate a positive and satisfactory level of global happiness and satisfaction with life in the members of Portuguese Society. However, there is a stagnation in the evolution of these indicators.

This is a CATÓLICA-LISBON contribution to the civil and academic Society.

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