People hit hard by the economic downturn have found comfort in their family lives, according to a university survey on satisfaction levels. Siu Oi-ling, organiser of the Lingnan University poll, said the high satisfaction ratings achieved in many categories might surprise many observers. The pollsters interviewed 843 adults and found that 72.7 per cent of them were satisfied about their relationship with their families. It was the highest rating among the 11 categories. Respondents were least satisfied with the state of their financial affairs, with only 17.7 per cent saying they had enough money. Strong levels of satisfaction were recorded in the categories of psychological wellbeing (64 per cent), physical wellbeing (63 per cent), living environment (62 per cent) and friends' support (61 per cent). Next on the list were categories listed as 'being able to eat favourite food' (49 per cent), 'decent sex life' (47 per cent), and 'feeling safe during daily life' (42 per cent). The second-lowest ranking was for 'being in a natural environment' (19 per cent), while next up was 'taking part in leisure activities' (27 per cent). Overall, 34 per cent of respondents said they had a good quality of life, against eight per cent who said it was bad. The remainder said they felt indifferent. Dr Siu said that at times of hardship, people were inclined to look for more spiritual and moral comfort. 'For example, following the September 11 terrorist attacks, people in the United States were more willing to spend time with their families and loved ones than before,' she said. 'Our study has shown that similar situation applies to Hong Kong at present. With the economic downturn, people here are drawn closer to their families and friends for support and comfort.'