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Bringers of Bad Luck (20)
Bringers of Good Luck (23)
Changed Luck? (5)
Feeling about own Luck (8)
Hard Work vs. Luck (30)
Superstitious (3)
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SOCDES6 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971
(G1, G2, G3) [Closest to my view] I sometimes envy the good luck of others. (SOCDES6)
TOTAL%
0) No93760.9
1) Yes60139.1
TOTAL1538100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Unknown
Mode:Mixed-mode


V136LUCK from Exceptional Experience Questionnaire
I agree with this statement... It is beyond my ability to explain and understand a certain existence of luck and misfortune in this world. (V136LUCK)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all284.1
2) A little8812.8
3) Somewhat18627.0
4) Considerably38856.2
TOTAL690100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Non-Random
Mode:Mailed


BL13FL from Project Canada 1975
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - The 13th floor of a building (BL13FL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes733.9
2) No1,77796.1
TOTAL1850100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLFRI13 from Project Canada 1975
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - Friday the 13th (BLFRI13)
TOTAL%
1) Yes21211.4
2) No1,64988.6
TOTAL1861100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLLADDER from Project Canada 1975
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - Crossing under a ladder (BLLADDER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes22712.2
2) No1,63387.8
TOTAL1860100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLMIR from Project Canada 1975
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - A broken mirror (BLMIR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes21411.5
2) No1,65188.5
TOTAL1865100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BL13FL from Project Canada 1975-80 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - The 13th floor of a building (BL13FL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes393.8
2) No98496.2
TOTAL1023100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLFRI13 from Project Canada 1975-80 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - Friday the 13th (BLFRI13)
TOTAL%
1) Yes12412.1
2) No90487.9
TOTAL1028100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLLADDER from Project Canada 1975-80 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - Crossing under a ladder (BLLADDER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes12111.7
2) No90988.3
TOTAL1030100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLMIR from Project Canada 1975-80 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - A broken mirror (BLMIR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes11811.4
2) No91388.6
TOTAL1031100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BL13FL from Project Canada 1975-85 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - The 13th floor of a building (BL13FL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes224.0
2) No52796.0
TOTAL549100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLFRI13 from Project Canada 1975-85 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - Friday the 13th (BLFRI13)
TOTAL%
1) Yes6511.7
2) No49088.3
TOTAL555100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLLADDER from Project Canada 1975-85 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - Crossing under a ladder (BLLADDER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes6311.4
2) No49188.6
TOTAL554100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLMIR from Project Canada 1975-85 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - A broken mirror (BLMIR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes6111.0
2) No49289.0
TOTAL553100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BL13FL from Project Canada 1975-90 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - The 13th floor of a building (BL13FL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes113.2
2) No33896.8
TOTAL349100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLFRI13 from Project Canada 1975-90 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - Friday the 13th (BLFRI13)
TOTAL%
1) Yes4312.1
2) No31187.9
TOTAL354100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLLADDER from Project Canada 1975-90 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - Crossing under a ladder (BLLADDER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes4011.3
2) No31388.7
TOTAL353100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLMIR from Project Canada 1975-90 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - A broken mirror (BLMIR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes3710.5
2) No31689.5
TOTAL353100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BL13FL from Project Canada 1975-95 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - The 13th floor of a building (BL13FL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes102.6
2) No37597.4
TOTAL385100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLFRI13 from Project Canada 1975-95 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - Friday the 13th (BLFRI13)
TOTAL%
1) Yes348.7
2) No35591.3
TOTAL389100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLLADDER from Project Canada 1975-95 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - Crossing under a ladder (BLLADDER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes379.6
2) No35090.4
TOTAL387100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLMIR from Project Canada 1975-95 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing bad luck? - A broken mirror (BLMIR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes369.3
2) No35390.7
TOTAL389100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


V78 from International Social Survey Programme 2008: Religion III
Optional_Q6a. Now please think about something different. Please check one box on each line below to show whether you think each statement is true or false. Good luck charms sometimes do bring good luck. (V78)
TOTAL%
0) Not available26,45244.1
1) Definitely true2,9755.0
2) Probably true8,48914.2
3) Probably false8,00913.4
4) Definitely false11,58219.3
8) Cant choose2,2143.7
9) No answer2650.4
TOTAL59986100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Other


LCKCHRM from International Social Survey Program: Religion II, 1998
Now please think about something different. Please tick one box below to show whether you think the statement is true or false. -- Good luck charms sometimes do bring good luck. (LCKCHRM)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely true1,3527.1
2) Probably true5,41428.4
3) Probably not true4,58524.1
4) Definitely not true6,04731.7
8) Cant choose1,5488.1
9) No answer1150.6
TOTAL19061100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Other


LUKYCHRM from Religion in Italy
Do you keep (at home or on you) some lucky charm or item to which you are in some way attached? (LUKYCHRM)
TOTAL%
1) No3,74686.0
2) Yes61014.0
TOTAL4356100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GLCLOTH from Project Canada 1975
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A particular piece of clothing (GLCLOTH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1086.0
2) No1,67994.0
TOTAL1787100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLNO from Project Canada 1975
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A lucky number (GLNO)
TOTAL%
1) Yes42823.1
2) No1,42276.9
TOTAL1850100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLRABBIT from Project Canada 1975
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A rabbits foot (GLRABBIT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes653.6
2) No1,72896.4
TOTAL1793100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLWISH from Project Canada 1975
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - Making a wish (GLWISH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes25614.1
2) No1,56585.9
TOTAL1821100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLCLOTH from Project Canada 1975-80 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A particular piece of clothing (GLCLOTH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes535.4
2) No93494.6
TOTAL987100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLNO from Project Canada 1975-80 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A lucky number (GLNO)
TOTAL%
1) Yes23422.8
2) No79177.2
TOTAL1025100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLRABBIT from Project Canada 1975-80 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A rabbits foot (GLRABBIT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes343.4
2) No95796.6
TOTAL991100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLWISH from Project Canada 1975-80 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - Making a wish (GLWISH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes13012.9
2) No87987.1
TOTAL1009100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLCLOTH from Project Canada 1975-85 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A particular piece of clothing (GLCLOTH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes315.9
2) No49594.1
TOTAL526100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLNO from Project Canada 1975-85 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A lucky number (GLNO)
TOTAL%
1) Yes12222.3
2) No42477.7
TOTAL546100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLRABBIT from Project Canada 1975-85 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A rabbits foot (GLRABBIT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes224.2
2) No50595.8
TOTAL527100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLWISH from Project Canada 1975-85 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - Making a wish (GLWISH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes6812.6
2) No47087.4
TOTAL538100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLCLOTH from Project Canada 1975-90 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A particular piece of clothing (GLCLOTH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes216.2
2) No31793.8
TOTAL338100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLNO from Project Canada 1975-90 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A lucky number (GLNO)
TOTAL%
1) Yes8624.4
2) No26775.6
TOTAL353100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLRABBIT from Project Canada 1975-90 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A rabbits foot (GLRABBIT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes164.7
2) No32395.3
TOTAL339100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLWISH from Project Canada 1975-90 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - Making a wish (GLWISH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes3911.4
2) No30488.6
TOTAL343100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLCLOTH from Project Canada 1975-95 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A particular piece of clothing (GLCLOTH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes225.9
2) No35194.1
TOTAL373100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLNO from Project Canada 1975-95 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A lucky number (GLNO)
TOTAL%
1) Yes8421.7
2) No30378.3
TOTAL387100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLRABBIT from Project Canada 1975-95 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - A rabbits foot (GLRABBIT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes92.4
2) No36597.6
TOTAL374100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


GLWISH from Project Canada 1975-95 Panel Study
Have you ever regarded the following as bringing you good luck? - Making a wish (GLWISH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes4311.4
2) No33488.6
TOTAL377100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Other
Mode:Mailed


BLESS2 from Taiwan Social Change Survey, 1994
Within the past year, have you done any of the following things related to eliminating disasters and inviting blessings: Changing your luck? (BLESS2)
TOTAL%
1) Yes23412.6
2) No1,62387.2
9) Refuse50.3
TOTAL1862100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CH_MAGIC from Taiwan Social Change Survey, 1994
Do you believe that your personal destiny can be changed by the following methods: Changing luck by using magic. (CH_MAGIC)
TOTAL%
0) Missing20.1
1) Yes, very much482.6
2) Yes, somewhat33518.0
3) No, not really59231.8
4) No, not at all55329.7
7) Dont know31516.9
8) Dont understand70.4
9) Refuse100.5
TOTAL1862100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


ELIMDIS2 from Taiwan Social Change Survey, 2004
Within the past year (from August last year to July this year), have you or your family done the following things related to eliminating disasters and praying for blessings: Changed your luck? (ELIMDIS2)
TOTAL%
1) Myself1709.0
2) No, I have not done1,59484.7
3) No, I have not done, but my family did1166.2
7) Dont know or forgot10.1
TOTAL1881100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CH_LUCK from Taiwan Social Change Survey, 1999
Within the past year, have you done any of the following things related to eliminating disasters and inviting blessings: Changed your luck? (CH_LUCK)
TOTAL%
0) Missing20.1
1) Yes1708.8
2) No1,74990.9
9) Refuse40.2
TOTAL1925100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


CH_MAGIC from Taiwan Social Change Survey, 1999
Do you believe that your personal destiny can be changed by the following methods? Changing luck by using magic. (CH_MAGIC)
TOTAL%
0) Missing40.2
1) Yes, very much462.4
2) Yes, somewhat32216.7
3) No, not really80641.9
4) No, not at all53727.9
7) Dont know20310.5
8) Dont understand40.2
9) Refuse30.2
TOTAL1925100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


C006 from Survey of Texas Adults, 2004
The really good things that happen to me are mostly luck. Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree? (C006)
TOTAL%
-8) R-Refused20.1
-7) D-Dont know60.4
1) Strongly agree543.5
2) Agree25616.7
3) Neutral483.1
4) Disagree85155.5
5) Strongly disagree31520.6
TOTAL1,532100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


MOSTLUCK from General Social Survey, 1996
The following are some statements that people have made. For each one, please tell me if you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with the statement. C. The really good things that happen to me are mostly luck. (MOSTLUCK)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree402.7
2) Agree19413.3
3) Neither agree nor disagree/it depends1137.7
4) Disagree85758.7
5) Strongly disagree24516.8
8) Dont know80.5
9) No answer30.2
TOTAL1460100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


Q16MMOTI from Presbyterian Panel Survey, February 2008 - Volunteering and Other Topics, All
To what extent would you say the following statements are true for you? I remain motivated to carry on in times of good luck. (Q16MMOTI)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all true70.5
2) 2120.8
3) 3292.0
4) Somewhat true18512.9
5) 529020.2
6) 656339.3
7) Very true34824.3
TOTAL1434100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Congregations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


Q18NLUCK from Presbyterian Panel Survey, February 2008 - Volunteering and Other Topics, All
Please answer the following questions related to your health: When I stay healthy, Im just plain lucky. (Q18NLUCK)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely false27319.6
2) 233724.2
3) 325918.6
4) Neither true nor false34324.6
5) 5946.7
6) 6654.7
7) Definitely true221.6
TOTAL1393100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Congregations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


Q16MMOTI from Presbyterian Panel Survey, February 2008 - Volunteering and Other Topics, Clergy
To what extent would you say the following statements are true for you? I remain motivated to carry on in times of good luck. (Q16MMOTI)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all true20.3
2) 240.6
3) 391.4
4) Somewhat true6410.2
5) 512720.3
6) 626943.0
7) Very true15024.0
TOTAL625100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


Q18NLUCK from Presbyterian Panel Survey, February 2008 - Volunteering and Other Topics, Clergy
Please answer the following questions related to your health: When I stay healthy, Im just plain lucky. (Q18NLUCK)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely false12019.6
2) 216527.0
3) 313221.6
4) Neither true nor false12720.8
5) 5487.9
6) 6152.5
7) Definitely true40.7
TOTAL611100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Denominations
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


Q16MMOTI from Presbyterian Panel Survey, February 2008 - Volunteering and Other Topics, Members and Elders
To what extent would you say the following statements are true for you? I remain motivated to carry on in times of good luck. (Q16MMOTI)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all true50.6
2) 281.0
3) 3202.5
4) Somewhat true12115.0
5) 516220.1
6) 629136.1
7) Very true19824.6
TOTAL805100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


Q18NLUCK from Presbyterian Panel Survey, February 2008 - Volunteering and Other Topics, Members and Elders
Please answer the following questions related to your health: When I stay healthy, Im just plain lucky. (Q18NLUCK)
TOTAL%
1) Definitely false15319.6
2) 217122.0
3) 312616.2
4) Neither true nor false21527.6
5) 5465.9
6) 6506.4
7) Definitely true182.3
TOTAL779100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Mailed


V100 from World Values Survey 2010
Now Id like you to tell me your views on various issues. How would you place your views on this scale? 1 means you agree completely with the statement on the left; 10 means you agree completely with the statement on the right; and if your views fall somewhere in between, you can choose any number in between. In the long run, hard work usually brings a better life vs. Hard work doesnt generally bring success -- its more a matter of luck and connections (V100)
TOTAL%
-5) SE: Inapplicable; RU: Inappropriate response; Missing (Inappropriate)540.1
-2) No answer5550.7
-1) Dont know1,2121.6
1) In the long run, hard work usually brings a better live19,05325.7
2) 28,30611.2
3) 38,55811.6
4) 46,5378.8
5) 59,08112.3
6) 65,0666.8
7) 74,7056.4
8) 84,2045.7
9) 92,5103.4
10) Hard work doesnt generally bring success -- its more a matter of luck and connections4,2015.7
TOTAL74042100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work2,15767.1
2) Both equally67120.9
3) Luck or help36511.3
8) Dont know240.7
9) No answer00.0
Missing1,683 
TOTAL3,217100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,68434.9
1) Hard work2,17645.1
2) Both equally59912.4
3) Luck or help3457.2
8) Dont know130.3
9) No answer30.1
TOTAL4,820100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined - Instructional Dataset
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work2,17669.7
2) Both equally59919.2
3) Luck or help34511.1
Missing1,700 
TOTAL3,120100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work2,17669.4
2) Both equally59919.1
3) Luck or help34511.0
8) Dont know130.4
9) No answer30.1
Missing1,684 
TOTAL3,136100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey 2014 Cross-Section and Panel Combined
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,29933.8
1) Hard work1,73945.3
2) Both equally51513.4
3) Luck or help2616.8
8) Dont know260.7
9) No answer20.1
TOTAL3,842100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,16332.7
1) Hard work1,58544.5
2) Both equally51514.5
3) Luck or help2848.0
8) Dont know110.3
9) No answer10.0
TOTAL3559100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,67334.1
1) Hard work2,16544.2
2) Both equally68814.0
3) Luck or help3547.2
8) Dont know200.4
9) No answer10.0
TOTAL4901100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey, 2002
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work important57862.6
2) Hard work, luck equally important24826.8
3) Luck most important9210.0
8) Dont know50.5
9) No answer10.1
TOTAL924100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHD_1 from General Social Survey Panel Data (2006 Sample)
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD_1) (GETAHD_1)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable64032.0
1) Hard work most important90645.3
2) Hard work, luck equally important28714.4
3) Luck most important1628.1
8) Dont know40.2
9) No answer10.1
TOTAL2000100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHD_2 from General Social Survey Panel Data (2006 Sample)
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD_2) (GETAHD_2)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable95647.8
1) Hard work most important69935.0
2) Hard work, luck equally important22111.1
3) Luck most important1226.1
8) Dont know10.1
9) No answer10.1
TOTAL2000100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHD_3 from General Social Survey Panel Data (2006 Sample)
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD_3) (GETAHD_3)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,12956.5
1) Hard work most important57128.6
2) Hard work, luck equally important1909.5
3) Luck most important1075.4
8) Dont know30.2
TOTAL2000100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


VCF0627 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004
Do you think its better to plan your life a good way ahead, or would you say life is too much a matter of luck to plan ahead very far? (VCF0627)
TOTAL%
0) NA; no Post IW6316.6
1) Too much luck to plan3,03931.7
2) Plan ahead5,63358.7
9) DK; pro-con; it depends; both; other; refused to choose2893.0
TOTAL9592100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Other


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey, 2004
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work most important58264.8
2) Hard work, luck equally important23225.8
3) Luck most important798.8
8) Dont know40.4
9) No answer10.1
TOTAL898100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey, 2006
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work most important1,86868.2
2) Hard work, luck equally important54419.9
3) Luck most important31411.5
8) Dont know110.4
9) No answer20.1
TOTAL2739100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAY from General Social Survey, 2006
Which do you think is the most important reason why people get ahead: their own hard work or lucky breaks and help from other people? (GETAHEAY)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work most important46559.5
2) Hard work, luck equally important15820.2
3) Luck or help from other15219.4
8) Dont know60.8
9) No answer10.1
TOTAL782100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey, 2000
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work most important1,19464.2
2) Hard work, luck equally important45124.2
3) Luck most important19310.4
8) Dont know130.7
9) No answer100.5
TOTAL1861100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey, 1990
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work most important59865.2
2) Hard work, luck equally important19020.7
3) Luck most important12213.3
8) Dont know50.5
9) No answer20.2
TOTAL917100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey, 1996
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work most important1,33369.3
2) Hard work, luck equally important34417.9
3) Luck most important21811.3
8) Dont know201.0
9) No answer80.4
TOTAL1923100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


V120 from World Values Survey, 2005
Now Id like you to tell me your views on various issues. How would you place your views on this scale? 1 means you agree completely with the statement on the left; 10 means you agree completely with the statement on the right; and if your views fall somewhere in between, you can choose any number in between: In the long run, hard work usually brings a better life vs. Hard work doesnt generally bring success-its more a matter of luck and connections. (V120)
TOTAL%
-3) Not applicable200.0
-2) No answer4020.7
-1) Dont know1,3832.3
1) In the long run, hard work usually brings a better life14,65724.2
2) 26,61110.9
3) 36,83511.3
4) 45,4239.0
5) 57,55612.5
6) 64,1696.9
7) 73,9566.5
8) 83,7936.3
9) 92,1763.6
10) Hard work doesnt generally bring success-its more a matter of luck and connections3,5985.9
TOTAL60579100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey, 1988
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work most important65166.6
2) Hard work, luck equally important20420.9
3) Luck most important11611.9
8) Dont know answer50.5
9) No answer10.1
TOTAL977100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey, 1991
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work most important65165.6
2) Hard work, luck equally important20320.4
3) Luck most important12512.6
8) Dont know70.7
9) No answer70.7
TOTAL993100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey, 1998
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work most important1,24766.3
2) Hard work, luck equally important41722.2
3) Luck most important19510.4
8) Dont know130.7
9) No answer100.5
TOTAL1882100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


PERSIT16 from Taiwan Social Change Survey, 2004
We would like to know your viewpoints about life. Do you agree with the following statements? You can achieve your goal because you are lucky. (PERSIT16)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, very much1126.0
2) Yes, somewhat51727.5
3) No, not really94850.4
4) No, not at all28815.3
94) No comment10.1
95) Dont understand40.2
97) Dont know or forgot50.3
98) Refuse60.3
TOTAL1881100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey, 1976
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work most important93162.1
2) Hard work, luck equally important35723.8
3) Luck most important19713.1
8) Dont know110.7
9) No answer30.2
TOTAL1499100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey, 1980
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work most important92763.1
2) Hard work, luck equally important40927.9
3) Luck most important1188.0
8) Dont know110.7
9) No answer30.2
TOTAL1468100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


ATDAIL4 from Taiwan Social Change Survey, 1985
To what extent do you agree with the following statements? Unless one is lucky, it is very hard to be promoted or to earn a great fortune. (ATDAIL4)
TOTAL%
0) Refuse451.1
1) Strongly agree2095.0
2) Agree47011.2
3) Somewhat agree77918.6
4) Somewhat disagree1,05425.2
5) Disagree81219.4
6) Strongly disagree57413.7
7) No comment1964.7
9) Dont understand491.2
TOTAL4188100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Other
Frame:Other
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey, 1994
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work most important1,37568.9
2) Hard work and luck are equally important38619.3
3) Luck most important21310.7
8) Dont know140.7
9) No answer80.4
TOTAL1996100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


LUCK from Anti-Semitism in the United States, 1964
I am going to read some things that some people believe and some people dont. For each statement, please tell me whether you agree or disagree -- Getting to the top is more a matter of luck than ability. (LUCK)
TOTAL%
1) Agree33617.8
2) Disagree1,55482.2
TOTAL1890100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


GETAHEAD from General Social Survey, 1993
Some people say that people get ahead by their own hard work; others say that lucky breaks or help from other people are more important. Which do you think is most important? (GETAHEAD)
TOTAL%
1) Hard work most important70365.4
2) Hard work, luck equally important23121.5
3) Luck most important13412.5
8) Dont know30.3
9) No answer40.4
TOTAL1075100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:In-Person


SUPERSTS from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Spring 1998
Some people are superstitious and try to behave in such a way as to avoid bad luck or jinxing themselves. How superstitious are you? -- Would you say you are very, somewhat, not very, or not at all superstitious? (SUPERSTS)
TOTAL%
1) VERY SUPERSTITIOUS212.5
2) SOMEWHAT SUPERSTITIOUS18321.8
3) NOT VERY SUPERSTITIOUS25029.7
4) NOT AT ALL SUPERSTITIOUS38746.0
TOTAL841100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


SUPERSTS from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Spring 1998
Some people are superstitious and try to behave in such a way as to avoid bad luck or jinxing themselves. How superstitious are you -- would you say you are very, somewhat, not very, or not at all superstitious? (SUPERSTS)
TOTAL%
1) VERY SUPERSTITIOUS61.5
2) SOMEWHAT SUPERSTITIOUS8921.7
3) NOT VERY SUPERSTITIOUS13633.2
4) NOT AT ALL SUPERSTITIOUS17943.7
TOTAL410100.0
Survey Details
Scope:Regional Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


SUPERSTS from Southern Focus Poll, Combined Sample, Spring 1998
Some people are superstitious and try to behave in such a way as to avoid bad luck or jinxing themselves. How superstitious are you? -- Would you say you are very, somewhat, not very, or not at all superstitious? (SUPERSTS)
TOTAL%
1) Very superstitious241.9
2) Somewhat superstitious27922.4
3) Not very superstitious39131.4
4) Not at all superstitious55244.3
Missing6 
TOTAL1,246100.0
Survey Details
Scope:U.S. Sample
Frame:U.S. Adults
Sample:Random Sample
Mode:Phone


 

Subcategories
Bringers of Bad LuckThis question type asks the respondent if certain situations/phenomena can bring bad luck.
Bringers of Good LuckThis question type asks the respondent if certain situations/phenomena can bring good luck.
Changed Luck?This question type asks the respondent if they have experienced a change in luck or attempted to change their luck.
Feeling about own LuckThis question type asks the respondent what they believe about their own luck, or the results of that luck.
Hard Work vs. LuckThis question type asks the respondent if success in life is due more to hard work or luck.
SuperstitiousThis question type asks the respondent the extent to which he/she is superstitious.

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