Findings on happiness in Cantril & Roll (1971): study US 1964 /1

Publication
Author(s)Cantril, H.; Roll, C.W.
TitleHopes and Fears of the American People.
SourceUniverse Books, 1971, New York, USA
Investigation
Public21+ aged, general public, United States, 1964
 1964 + 1971
Survey nameUS-IISR 1964
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
WeightingN
Respondents N =1588
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
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)
ClassificationC-BW-c-sq-l-11-a
Author's labelPersonal ladder rating, present
Page in publication20, 66
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean6.856.85
Standard deviation