Findings on happiness in Jones (2004): study US 2004

Author(s)Jones, J.M.
TitleAmericans: Life is Good and Will only Improve.
SourceGallup Poll News Services, 17 February 2004, The Gallup Organization, Washington DC, USA
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 2004
Collect period1
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Respondents N =1004
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now. Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Author's labelRating of Personal Lives
Page in publication1
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.841.84

Scores in012345678910

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Household incomeI01ab03Household income