Findings on happiness in Pelham (2008): study ZZ 2006

Author(s)Pelham, B.W.
TitleTV Ownership may be good for Well-Being.
SourceThe Gallup Poll/105850, 2008, Washington DC, USA.
Public15+ aged, general public, 114 nations, 2006-2007
 All country's of the world except Cuba, Libia, North Korea and small country's like Andorra.
Survey nameNot available
 Gallup World Poll
SampleProbability simple random sample
 Step 1; In countries where face-to-face surveys are conducted, the first stage of sampling is the identification of PSUs (Primary Sampling Units), consisting of clusters of households. PSUs are stratified by population size and or geography. Where population information is available, sample selection is based on probabilities proportional to population size, otherwise simple random sampling is used. Step 2; Selecting Households: Random route procedures are used to select sampled households. In countries where telephone interviewing is employed, Random-Digit-Dial (RDD) or a nationally representative list of phone numbers is used. Step 3; Selecting Respondents: In face-to-face and telephone methodologies, random respondent selection is achieved by using either the latest birthday or Kish grid method.
Respondents N =114000
 about 1000 in each country
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
 Telephone and face-to-face interviews
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 labelwell-being
Page in publication1
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
TV ownershipP12ab02bbTv
TV ownershipC10ab04adTV, also classified as above ↑