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

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, 1971
Collect period1+4
Survey nameGallup poll
SampleProbability multi-stage random
WeightingN
Respondents N =3004
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksPooled result of two surveys at January 8-13th (N = 1558) and April 2-7th (N=1446). Conducted with support of Pontomac Associates. Also reported in Watts 1978: 4
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
Page in publication66
RemarksPooled result of two surveys at January 8-13th (N = 1558) and April 2-7th (N=1446). Conducted with support of Pontomac Associates. Also reported in Watts 1978: 4
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean6.566.56
Standard deviation