Correlational finding on Happiness and Political participation
Subject code: P09ab02

StudyBarnes et al. (1979): study AT 1974
TitlePersonal Dissatisfaction.
SourceBarnes, S.H.;Kaase, M.;Eds.: "Political Action: Mass Participation in Five Western Democracies", Sage, 1979, Beverly Hills, USA, 381 - 407
Public16+ aged, general public, Austria, 1974
SampleProbability stratified sample
Non-Response36%
Respondents N =1584

Correlate
Author's labelProtest Potential
Page in Source 390
Our classificationPolitical participation , code P09ab02
Operationalization
Approval and activity in 7 political protest 
behaviors.(each range 0-7)
* signing petitions
* joining in boycots
* attending lawful demonstrations
* refusing to pay rent or taxes
* joining in wildcat strikes
* occupying buildings
* blocking traffic
The Protest Potential Scale was made from a combination 
of 2 questions:
A: In each case the response categories 
   were: (1)strongly approve (2) approve
   (3) disapprove and (4) strongly 
   disapprove
B: For each of the 7 activities mentioned 
   above, respondents were asked wether 
   they (1) had done (2) would do, 
   (3) might do or(4) would never do 
   such a thing
Remarks
See Barnes, Kaase, 1979 p.: 540-555

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-kar=.02
ns


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-kaSelfreport on single question:

How satisfied are you with life as a whole these days.....?
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
(Scale labels not reported)


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
rPRODUCT-MOMENT CORRELATION COEFFICIENT (Also "Pearson's correlation coefficient' or simply 'correlation coefficient')
Type: test statistic.
Measurement level: Correlate: metric, Happiness: metric
Range: [-1; +1]

Meaning:
r = 0 no correlation ,
r = 1 perfect correlation, where high correlate values correspond with high happiness values, and
r = -1 perfect correlation, where high correlate values correspond with low happiness values.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl