Beijing: Eight out of 10 Chinese say they are satisfied with the way things are going in their country, according to a survey, in a sign that robust economic growth is outweighing social tensions over a persisting income gap between rich and poor.

The 81 per cent satisfaction rate is an increase from the 72 per cent recorded in 2005, the Pew Global Attitudes Project said in a public opinion poll of 15 countries. Those Chinese who were unhappy with the state of the nation dropped to 13 per cent, from 19 per cent a year ago.

Aside from China, citizens of only two other countries Egypt and Jordan were content with national conditions, said the survey, which covered a range of topics, from national attitudes to global warming, bird flu and the Iran nuclear crisis.