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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:
Selfreport 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:
Selfreport 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
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:
5.43 5.43
Full text:
Selfreport 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 Sex (male vs female) Age Current age (in years) Educational attainment Level of school-education Employment status Current employment status
Unemployed involuntary
Not in labour force
Geographic location Rural dwelling (vs urban)
Living on a farm
Open country (vs village)
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 the near future (up to 5 years)
In recent past
Trend happiness in South Africa Trend average happiness in South Africa
Change political democracy in nation