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Interview with Humanity (Human Needs and Satisfactions)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Gallup, George H. (The Gallup Organization, Princeton)
  • Stoetzel, Jean (Institut Francais d´Opinion Publique (IFOP), Paris)
Publication Date
  • Gallup International Research Institutes, (35 Forschungsinstitute) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
  • Abstract

    Situation in life, hopes, fears and satisfaction of the people on six continents. Attitude to problems of the present and expectations of the future. Topics: Future desires and future concepts; fears of the future; general contentment with life and feeling of happiness; relative satisfaction in individual areas of life; satisfaction with income; frequency of financial concerns and lack of money for food and clothing; lack of money for medications; satisfaction with medical care; self-assessment of condition of health; satisfaction with family life; most important family problems; ideal number of children; most important training goals; satisfaction with personal training; expected development of the standard of living; number of friends; expected change of the role of women in the country; judgement on equal opportunities for both sexes in occupation and training; satisfaction with housework and interest in taking up employment; work satisfaction and occupational satisfaction; preferred leisure activity; satisfaction with housing conditions and group sharing a residence; preferred size of place of residence; greatest problems of the group sharing a residence; change of quality of life at place of residence; desire for increased industrialization; sense of security at place of residence; personal impact from a crime (victimization); most important problems of the country and assumed reasons for these problems; expected development of living conditions; satisfaction with life in the country; attitude to population growth; attitude to animal protection; judgement on the wealth of one´s own nation; interest in emigration; readiness to travel; preferred destinations; most respected nation; knowledge of foreign languages; attitude to foreign aid; degree of familiarity of the UN and its special organizations; knowledge about UN membership of one´s country; judgement on the effectiveness of the UN; the significance of religious belief and belief in a life after death. Demography: age; sex; marital status; number of children; race; religious denomination; religiousness; school education; employment; household income; size of household; political orientation; possession of durable economic goods; social surroundings. Interviewer rating: willingness to cooperate und social class of respondent; economic status; housing situation.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1974 / 1976
Geographic Coverage
  • North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Africa (Sub-Sahara), Asia (India and the Far East) and Australia.
Sampled Universe
Persons 16 years old and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Various sampling procedures (random selection as well as quota sample)
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 9072
In the investigation surveys were conducted in altogether 58 different countries.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0936 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Basler Versicherungsgruppe (Hrsg.): Interview mit der Menschheit. Basel: Selbstverlag 1978.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Gallup, George H.; Stoetzel, Jean (1976): Interview with Humanity (Human Needs and Satisfactions). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.