President Chávez commented on the poll: “This means we are on the right path, even with all the errors that we have to put right. Nonetheless, this is the right path, the path of socialism, the redistribution of income.”
Venezuela was beaten by Denmark (79%), Canada (69%), Sweden (69%) and Australia (66%) and scoring the same as Finland (64%), Venezuela came highest out of those countries considered to be in the “developing world” and first out of the Latin American nations. The United States (59%) and UK (54%) ranked lower in the poll and came in 12th and 17th. Other countries scored: Italy (37%), India (17%) and China (12%) suggesting that higher GDP and national income do not correlate to how citizens view their level of wellbeing.
I'm sure the poll is not perfect and gallup would point out certain limitations, but i'm sure consensus would be the poll is a good overall indicator. A great book related to the subject is 'The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone. The Authors of which are speaking in London at this years Marxism festival 30th June - 4th July.