Findings on happiness in Gallup World View (2012): study SL 2011

Author(s)Gallup World View,
TitleGallup World Poll. 2012.
SourceGallup World View, Gallup Organization, 2012, New York, USA
Public15+ aged general public Sierra Leone, 2011
Survey nameGallupWorldPoll2012
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Respondents N =1000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 11 questions Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday? How about..? A enjoyment B physical pain C worry D sadness E stress F anger G depression Did you yesterday..? H feel well rested I smile and laugh a lot J learn or do something interesting K were you treated with respect all day yesterday Rated: 1: yes 0: no Computation: - Average % positive affect = (A+H)+I+J+K)/5 - Average % negative affect = (B+C+D+E+F+G)/6 - Affect Balance = Average % positive affect - Average % negative affect These questions do not measure hedonic level of affect of individual persons adequately, since yesterday's mood does not always correspond with typical average mood. Yet these questions can be used for measuring hedonic level in agregates, such as nations, since individual variations balance out in big samples.
Author's labelYesterdays Feelings
RemarksData Depression 2010
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -100 - 100On range 0 - 10
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Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? 10 best possible 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 worst possible life This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Author's labelPresent Life
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
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