The Community Foundation of Ireland conducted the survey from July to October last year, and its results contribute to the grant-awarding philanthropic group’s VitalSigns 2015 report.
The biennial report grades 12 different aspects of Irish life on a scale of A to F, based on the survey, interviews with community leaders, and data collected from 39 sources.
The report gave Ireland a C+ rating overall.
The areas respondents were most satisfied with are arts and culture, which maintains its B- rating from 2013; and learning, which increased from a C+ to a B-.
The areas that decreased in grade from 2013 were housing from C- to D+; inclusive society from a C to a C-; and older people which also dropped from a C+ to a C. Housing scored the lowest with a D+ grade.
The foundation said it received more than 1,000 individual comments from the public looking to voice their concerns on homelessness, availability of rental housing and cost of renting.
The report also states that the over-75 age group is the most satisfied with life in Ireland; the least satisfied age group being 45-54 year olds.
Geographically, Munster is the least satisfied region with Connacht being the most satisfied region.
Launching the report, foundation CEO, Tina Roche, said it attempts to identify the areas of Irish life that need improving to create opportunities to create change and have a positive impact.
“In recent years, a global movement on wellbeing has been developing which aims to encourage social change and to empower citizens.
“Research indicates that compiling measures of wellbeing can help governments focus on what matters to people as well as informing community and voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.”
The top 10 most important issues identified by respondents from a list of 115 suggestions were: public transport services, quality of the education system, walking, early childhood development, mobility and transport of older people, literacy levels, affordability of everyday life, home life of older people, air quality, and homelessness.
Just three of the top 10 issues in the 2013 report — the quality of the education system, literacy levels and air quality — remained in the most cited issues by respondents in the latest findings.
The seven priorities identified in 2013 that fell from the top 10 in 2015 are; universities and third-level education, early childhood education, libraries and reading, numeracy levels, home life of children and young people, educational attainment rates and lifelong learning.