Findings on happiness in Watts & Free (1978): study US 1972

Publication
Author(s)Watts, W.; Free, L.A.
TitleState of the Nation III.
SourceLexington Books, 1978, Toronto, Canada
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, United States, 1972
Survey nameGallup poll
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
WeightingY
Respondents N =0
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksSurvey commissioned by Potomac Associates
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 publication4
RemarksSurvey commissioned by Potomac Associates
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean6.406.40
Standard deviation