Eurobarometer Data Service

Life Satisfaction

On the whole, are you very satisfied, fairly satisfied, not very satisfied, or not at all satisfied with the life you lead ?

Related GESIS information service publication "Recherche Spezial 01/2008":
Lebenszufriedenheit - Ein Überblick über aktuelle sozialwissenschaftliche Literatur zur Thematik (Life satisfaction - A review of up-to-date publications; abstracts mostly in English).

ZA Study NumberEurobarometerFieldwork MonthFieldwork YearQuestion NumberVariable Name (1)
0628ECS739-101973Q.22V16
0987351975Q.61V60
0987351975Q.219 (2)V87
09884101975Q.68V40
098955-61976Q.149V42
098955-61976Q.217 (2)V91
09906111976Q.112V5
099174-51977Q.112V8
0992810-111977Q.112V9
099395-61978Q.112V9
09941010-111978Q.112V9
10361141979Q.124V15
10381341980Q.112V8
12061541981Q.120V8
1208173-41982Q.142V54
120918101982Q.232V33
1318193-41983Q.121V10
1318193-41983Q.343 (3)V224
131920101983Q.238V35
1320213-41984Q.212V11
13212210-111984Q.226V124
1541233-41985Q.132V11
15422410-111985Q.155V17
1543253-41986Q.122V11
15442610-111986Q.145V17
17122741987Q.231V11
17132810-111987Q.135V17
1714293-41988Q.125V11
17153010-111988Q.118 (4)V17
1750313-41989Q.124V11
175131A71989Q.123V11
17523210-111989Q.3V12
1753333-41990Q.2V12
196034.010-111990Q.7V23
196134.110-111990Q.2V17
196234.210-111990Q.2V17
203135.031991Q.2V18
20813610-111991Q.2V19
214137.03-41992Q.2V18
224137.14-51992Q.2V18
224237.24-51992Q.2V16
224337.0+13-51992Q.2V19
229438.09-101992Q.2V18
229538.1111992Q.2V17
234639.03-41993Q.2V20
24594010-111993Q.2V19
249041.04-51994Q.2V36
25634211-121994Q.2V33
263743.14-51995Q.2V38
282844.2bis21996Q.2V37
283044.3OVR2-41996Q.104 (9)V247
293647.13-41997Q.36 (5)V475
3052494-51998Q.5V42
320452.010-111999Q.7 
320552.111-121999Q.13_1 (6)  
3296534-52000Q.4 (5) 
338754.111-122000Q.4 
350755.14-52001Q.7 (5) 
362656.19-102001Q.46 (9)  
362756.210-112001Q.4 
363957.13-52002Q.4 
364057.24-62002Q.4_1 (6)  
369358.110-112002Q.4 
393860.110-112003Q.4 
422962.010-112004Q.4 
423162.211-122004QD1_1 (8) 
423363.11-22005QB6 (7)  
441163.45-62005QA3 
441464.210-112005QA3 
450665.23-52006QA3 
452666.19-102006QA3 
453067.24-52007QA3 
456568.19-112007QA3 
474469.23-52008QA3 
481970.110-112008QA3 
497171.11-22009QA2 
497271.25-62009QA1 
497371.36-72009QA1 
497572.18-92009QA1(10) 
499472.410-112009QA1 
523473.452010QA1 
523573.562010QA1 
523774.18-92010QA1(10) 
544974.211-122010QA1 
548175.352011QA1 
556475.462011QB1 
556776.3112011QA1 
561277.352012QA1 
561377.462012QB1 
568578.1112012QA1 
568979.352013QA1 
585279.45-62013QA1 
587680.1112013QA1 
587780.211-122013D70 
591381.232014QA1 
592881.45-62014QA1 
592981.562014QA1 
593082.192014D70 
593182.2102014D70 
593282.3112014D70 
593382.411-122014D70 
599883.352015D70 
659583.45-62015D70 
664284.2102015D70 
664384.3112015D70 
664484.411-122015D70 
669385.142016D70 
669685.1OVR42016D70 
669485.252016D70 
669585.362016D70 
669786.19-102016D70 
678886.2112016D70 
679186.311-122016D70 
686187.132017D70 
686287.242017D70 
686387.352017D70 
692487.462017D70 
692588.19-102017D70 
692788.2102017D70 
692888.3112017D70 
696389.132018D70 
748289.242018D70 
748389.36-72018D70 
748490.192018D70 
748890.210-112018D70 
748990.3112018D70 
755690.4122018D70 
756291.232019D70 
757291.342019D70 

(1) Please note that the variable names refer to the final ICPSR/ZA codebook editions, if available. 

(2) 11-point-scale; Question: "We have talked about various parts of your life. All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?"

(3) 11-point-scale; Question: "All things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?"

(4) 10-point-scale; Question: "All in all to what extent would you say you are satisfied with the life you lead at this time? Please use this scale to decide on your replay. '10' means you are completely satisfied and '1' means you are completely dissatisfied." In addition respondents have been asked: "Using the same scale, how satisfied do you think you will be in five years time?" (Q.119, V18)

(5) Follow up questions:
"If you compare your present situation with five years ago, would you say it has improved, stayed about the same or got worse?" and
"in the course of the next five years, do you expect your personal situation to improve, to stay about the same or to get worse?" 

(6) Different answer scale and additional items: Please tell me whether you are very satisfied, fairly satisfied, neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, not very satisfied or not at all satisfied with each of the following? 1. Your Life in general; 2. ...

(7) 10-point scale: 1 "Not at all satisfied" ... 10 "Absolutely satisfied".

(8) General life satisfaction asked among other items (Social Capital); additional spontaneous answer category "not relevant".

(9) Modified question/item wording and additional items: Would you say you are satisfied, fairly satisfied, not very satisfied or not at all satisfied with the following things? 1. With the life you lead;  2. ...  Please notice, that Eurobarometer 44.3OVR includes an UNEMPLOYED OVeRsample.

(10) 10-point-scale; Question: All things considered, how satisfied would you say you are with your life these days? Please use a scale from 1 to 10 where [1] means ‘very dissatisfied' and [10] means ‘very satisfied'." Follow up question on satisfaction with different items (same scale): - your family life, - your health, - your job, - your present standard of living.