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Studies

Napier & Jost (2008): study ZZ Western nations 1995

Publication

Author(s):
Napier, J.L.; Jost, J.T.
Title:
Why are Conservatives Happier than Liberals?
Source:
Psychological Science, 2008, Vol. 19, 565 - 572

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, 10 western nations, 1995-1998
Sample:
Probability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents:
N = 9051
Non Response:
not reported
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on 2 questions:

A  All things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?
    1  dissatisfied
     .
     .
    10 satisfied

B  Taking all tohether, how happy would you say you are?
    4  very happy
    3  quite happy
    2  not very happy
    1  not at all happy

Computation: Mean score, rescaled to range 1-10
Classification:
O-Sum---mq-*-10-a
Author's label:
Subjective Well-being
Page in publication:
568
Error estimates:
Alpha =.66

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Right-wing orientation Current political (party) preference Meritocratic beliefs Social inequality: more vs less differences