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Last updated: 2 October, 2013

Iraqis and Syrians are least positive in the world

Hardly surprising, people in Syria are least likely in the world to experience positive emotions, closely followed by Iraqis.

According to a Gallup poll, 46% of Syrians answered that they had experienced a number of different positive emotions the day before. The corresponding figure for Iraqis was 47% and 53% for Yemenis, earning the latter the fifth place from the bottom.

The average figure for the entire world was 73%. Syria experienced the biggest drop in positive emotions from 2011 to 2012 (-12%) while Bahrain reported an increase of 6%, the fifth largest in the world.