Findings on happiness in Saad (2002): study US 1976

Author(s)Saad, L.
TitleOptimism about Nation's Future Up Sharply from Last Year. Evaluations of Personal Life Remain Highly Positive.
SourceGallup Poll News Services, 28 January 2002,The Gallup Poll Organization, Washington DC, USA
Public18+ aged, general public, United States, 1976
Collect period6
Survey nameGallup poll
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =1000
Non Response0
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)
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation2.192.19

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