Welfare and Material Well-being Perception among Bulgarians

Tolya Stoitsova

New Bulgarian University
E-mail: tstoitsova@nbu.bg

Abstract: In the article, the problem of welfare and material well-being perception is discussed as a serious one in Bulgarian society today. Surprisingly, the problem is not in Bulgarian media agenda as opposed to the foreign mass media. This is our motivation to conduct social and psychological research applying self-prepared anonymous questionnaire that include opened and closed questions. The sample is random and in a way specific – people in it like to read books. Respondents are 201 in number. The principle of voluntary participation is applied.Results are eloquent. In summary, they approve out thesis for information absence concerning welfare and life standards of Bulgarians. That is the reason why our subjects have not an adequate idea about stratification of society into categories like “rich”, “poor” and “normally living” people. Two of our negative expectations are confirmed – existing of corruption and the big percentage of the so-called gray economics in our country. Positive is the result connected with the self-esteem of the respondents. Realists and optimists significantly exceeded the number of pessimists. The result that more of the respondents do not think about personal realization in other countries is also positive from a social point.

Key words: welfare, material well-being, corruption; gray economics, mass media problem rating.

Rhetoric and Communications E-journal, Issue 30, September 2017, rhetoric.bg/, journal.rhetoric.bg, ISSN 1314-4464

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