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Saad (2002): study US 1976

Publication

Author(s):
Saad, L.
Title:
Optimism about Nation's Future Up Sharply from Last Year. Evaluations of Personal Life Remain Highly Positive.
Source:
Gallup Poll News Services, 28 January 2002,The Gallup Poll Organization, Washington DC, USA

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, United States, 1976
Survey name:
Gallup poll
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 1000
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
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 1%,   2: 1%,   3: 2%,   4: 3%,   5: 6%,   6: 19%,   7: 13%,   8: 17%,   9: 17%,   10: 8%,   11: 13%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
6.68 6.68
SD:
2.19 2.19