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Cantril & Roll (1971): study US 1964

Publication

Author(s):
Cantril, H.; Roll, C.W.
Title:
Hopes and Fears of the American People.
Source:
Universe Books, 1971, New York, USA

Investigation

Public:
21+ aged, general public, USA, 1964-1971
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1588
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport 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)
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-a
Author's label:
Personal ladder rating, present
Remarks:
1964: 6,85, 1971: 6.56; mean 6.65
Page in publication:
66
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%,   8: 0%,   9: 0%,   10: 0%,   11: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
6.65

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Age Current age (in years) Educational level Level of school-education Race Ethnic status in the USA Male sex Sex (male vs female) Income Current socio-economic status Community size Community size Political affi- liation Current political (party) preference Non-labor force Current employment status Occupation Current occupation Region in USA Region in USA