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Gallup (2008): study US 1985

Publication

Author(s):
Gallup,
Title:
Gallup Brain: Archive of Gallup polls since 1935
Source:
The Gallup Organization, USA

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, United States, 1985
Survey name:
Gallup poll
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 2790
Non Response:
0
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

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
Remarks:
Also reported in Saad 2002
Page in publication:
#251G
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0.34%,   2: 0.7%,   3: 1.66%,   4: 4.73%,   5: 7.17%,   6: 17.48%,   7: 16.16%,   8: 19.6%,   9: 18.96%,   10: 6.39%,   11: 5.82%   (total 99.01%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
6.42 6.42
SD:
1.94 1.94