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Thoughts about the meaning of life

Below are 25 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey.

WYRLMNLF from Taiwan Social Change Survey, 2009

(If you have no religious belief, skip to 35) Why do you believe in this current religion? (Choose all that apply) To understand the meaning of life (v34_3) (WYRLMNLF)
TOTAL%
0) No1,38471.8
1) Yes29815.5
9) Not applicable24612.8
TOTAL1,928100.0


MEANLIFE from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

Y93. How often, if at all, do you think about the meaning of life?[READ LIST] (MEANLIFE)
TOTAL%
1) Very often75022.3
2) Fairly often61418.2
3) Sometimes1,08232.1
4) Rarely60818.0
5) Never3129.3
777) Dont know40.1
TOTAL3370100.0


MEANLIFE from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)

(meanlife_w3) P:6. How often, if at all, do you think about the meaning of life? (MEANLIFE)
TOTAL%
1) Very often65325.8
2) Fairly often44317.5
3) Sometimes81632.2
4) Rarely36214.3
5) Never2499.8
999) Legitimate skip90.4
TOTAL2532100.0


MEANLIFE from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 2 (2005)

(meanlife_w2) P:6. How often, if at all, do you think about the meaning of life? [READ LIST IF NECESSARY] (MEANLIFE)
TOTAL%
1) Very often64524.8
2) Fairly often47018.0
3) Sometimes77929.9
4) Rarely41315.9
5) Never27510.6
666) Invalid skip210.8
888) Refused10.0
TOTAL2604100.0


RELBEH5 from Taiwan Social Change Survey, 2004

Why do you believe in this current religion: To understand the meaning of life? [Skip if you have no religious belief.] (RELBEH5)
TOTAL%
0) No1,31269.8
1) Yes1779.4
7) Dont know or forgot20.1
9) NA39020.7
TOTAL1881100.0


WHYREL5 from Taiwan Social Change Survey, 1994

Why do you practice this current religion? (Choose all that apply. Skip this question if you have no religious faith.) To understand the meaning of life. (WHYREL5)
TOTAL%
0) No1,68290.3
1) Yes1809.7
TOTAL1862100.0


MEANLFE2 from Religion in Italy

What is for you the meaning of life? (1st or 2nd choice): Its what we make by our efforts and sacrifices. (MEANLFE2)
TOTAL%
1) First choice84618.8
2) Second choice1,37330.5
3) No choice2,28150.7
TOTAL4500100.0


MEANLFE1 from Religion in Italy

What is for you the meaning of life? (1st or 2nd choice): Its something very concrete: family, work and my problems. (MEANLFE1)
TOTAL%
1) First choice1,77539.4
2) Second choice1,00922.4
3) No choice1,71638.1
TOTAL4500100.0


GDPRES06 from Religion in Italy

Under what circumstances, as listed below, do you happen to feel the presence or the closeness of God or any higher being or power? (Up to three responses): When I pray or think of the meaning of life. (GDPRES06)
TOTAL%
1) Not selected3,29673.2
2) Selected1,20426.8
TOTAL4500100.0


MEANLFE3 from Religion in Italy

What is for you the meaning of life? (1st or 2nd choice): I do not ask myself such a question: I live and nothing else matters. (MEANLFE3)
TOTAL%
1) First choice751.7
2) Second choice631.4
3) No choice4,36296.9
TOTAL4500100.0


MEANLFE4 from Religion in Italy

What is for you the meaning of life? (1st or 2nd choice): Its something that makes sense only if you enjoy it. (MEANLFE4)
TOTAL%
1) First choice741.6
2) Second choice1703.8
3) No choice4,25694.6
TOTAL4500100.0


MEANLFE5 from Religion in Italy

What is for you the meaning of life? (1st or 2nd choice): Its a gift from God, something to answer for. (MEANLFE5)
TOTAL%
1) First choice1,17826.2
2) Second choice81118.0
3) No choice2,51155.8
TOTAL4500100.0


MEANLFE6 from Religion in Italy

What is for you the meaning of life? (1st or 2nd choice): Life is a mystery which man can only understand in pieces. (MEANLFE6)
TOTAL%
1) First choice53611.9
2) Second choice72716.2
3) No choice3,23771.9
TOTAL4500100.0


GODREL01 from Religion in Italy

We list below a series of statements about God and religion. We would like to know if and to what extent you agree with them: Religion helps us to find the deeper meaning of life. (GODREL01)
TOTAL%
1) Dont agree at all-fairly90020.1
2) Somewhat agree1,96043.7
3) Strongly agree1,62136.2
TOTAL4481100.0


WHYREL5 from Taiwan Social Change Survey, 1999

Why do you practice this current religion? (Choose all that apply. Skip this question if you have no religious faith.) To understand the meaning of life. (WHYREL5)
TOTAL%
0) No1,79793.4
1) Yes1286.6
TOTAL1925100.0


CERTMEAN from Project Canada 1975-85 Panel Study

How sure are you that you have found the answer to the meaning of life? (CERTMEAN)
TOTAL%
1) Very certain6812.2
2) Quite certain11821.1
3) Rather uncertain13123.5
4) I dont think there is an answer to such a question.24143.2
TOTAL558100.0


CERTMEAN from Project Canada 1975

How sure are you that you have found the answer to the meaning of life? (CERTMEAN)
TOTAL%
1) Very certain21911.6
2) Quite certain36519.3
3) Rather uncertain46524.6
4) I dont think there is an answer to such a question.84344.5
9) Varies20.1
TOTAL1894100.0


CERTMEA2 from Project Canada 1975-80 Panel Study

How sure are you that you have found the answer to the meaning of life? (CERTMEA2)
TOTAL%
1) Very certain11210.7
2) Quite certain21120.2
3) Rather uncertain28827.6
4) I dont think there is an answer to such a question.43141.2
8) Undecided10.1
9) Varied20.2
TOTAL1045100.0


CERTMEAN from Project Canada 1975-80 Panel Study

How sure are you that you have found the answer to the meaning of life? (CERTMEAN)
TOTAL%
1) Very certain11711.2
2) Quite certain20819.9
3) Rather uncertain25023.9
4) I dont think there is an answer to such a question.47044.9
9) Varies10.1
TOTAL1046100.0


CERTMEAN from Project Canada 1975-90 Panel Study

How sure are you that you have found the answer to the meaning of life? (CERTMEAN)
TOTAL%
1) Very certain4211.8
2) Quite certain8122.7
3) Rather uncertain7922.1
4) I dont think there is an answer to such a question.15543.4
TOTAL357100.0


CERTMEAN from Project Canada 1975-95 Panel Study

How sure are you that you have found the answer to the meaning of life? (CERTMEAN)
TOTAL%
1) Very certain399.9
2) Quite certain7418.8
3) Rather uncertain9824.9
4) I dont think there is an answer to such a question.18246.3
TOTAL393100.0


CERTMEA2 from Project Canada 1980-95 Panel Study

How sure are you that you have found the answer to the meaning of life? (CERTMEA2)
TOTAL%
1) Very certain4014.5
2) Quite certain5821.0
3) Rather uncertain6824.6
4) I dont think there is an answer to such a question.11039.9
TOTAL276100.0


CERTMEA2 from Project Canada 1980

How sure are you that you have found the answer to the meaning of life? (CERTMEA2)
TOTAL%
1) Very certain15610.7
2) Quite certain30520.8
3) Rather uncertain38826.5
4) I dont think there is an answer to such a question.61141.8
8) Undecided10.1
9) Varied20.1
TOTAL1463100.0


CERTMEA2 from Project Canada 1980-85 Panel Study

How sure are you that you have found the answer to the meaning of life? (CERTMEA2)
TOTAL%
1) Very certain8812.4
2) Quite certain13719.3
3) Rather uncertain19827.9
4) I dont think there is an answer to such a question.28540.1
8) Undecided10.1
9) Varied10.1
TOTAL710100.0


CERTMEA2 from Project Canada 1980-90 Panel Study

How sure are you that you have found the answer to the meaning of life? (CERTMEA2)
TOTAL%
1) Very certain5813.6
2) Quite certain8419.7
3) Rather uncertain10925.6
4) I dont think there is an answer to such a question.17541.1
TOTAL426100.0




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