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Moller & Roberts (2017): study ZA 2012

Publication

Author(s):
Moller, V.; Roberts, A.E.
Title:
South African Hopes and Fears Twenty Years into Democracy: A Replication of Hadley Cantril’s Pattern of Human Concerns.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 2017, Vol. 130, 39 - 69

Investigation

Public:
16+ aged general public, South Africa, 2012
Survey name:
SA-SAS 2012_2
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 3000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Taken all things together, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? On the whole, would you say you are.....?
5  very satisfied
4  satisfied
3  neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
2  dissatisfied
1  very dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-v-5-g
Author's label:
Satisfaction with life
Remarks:
Satisfied (5+4)  M = 6.14,  Neutral  (3)  M = 4.76, Dissatisfied (2+1)  M = 4.34
Page in publication:
47
Full text:
Self report on single question:

Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?
10 best possible
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0 worst possible life

This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c
Author's label:
BEST/WORST possible life for you
Page in publication:
47
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
5.43 5.43
SD:
- -
Full text:
Self report on single question:

Taking all together, would you say you are:
5  very happy
4  fairly happy
3  neither happy not unhappy
2  fairly unhappy
1 very unhappy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-5-g
Author's label:
Happiness
Page in publication:
42

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Population group Ethnic status in South Africa Gender Sexe: male (vs female) Age Current age (in years) Educational attainment Level of school-education Employment status Current employment status
Unemployed involuntary
Not in labor force
Geographic location Open country (vs village)
Rural dwelling (vs urban)
Living on a farm
Informal ownership
Living standard level Material standard of living Subjective poverty status Subjective poverty Party Support Current political (party) preference Satisfaction with democracy Attitudes to democracy Satisfaction with life O-SL by C-BW Expected Happiness In recent past
In the near future (up to 5 years)
Trend happiness in South Africa Change political democracy in nation
Trend average happiness in South Africa