Portraits of American Life Study
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Results & Summaries


  All frequencies weighted by PAWT2

This section is about your views on life. For each statement tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, neither agree nor disagree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree. I like doing things just for the thrill of it. (SE_1)
-4) Don't know8.3
1) Strongly agree58222.3
2) Somewhat agree113843.6
3) Neither agree nor disagree41816
4) Somewhat disagree27710.6
5) Strongly disagree1887.2
I sometimes like to do things that are a little frightening. (SE_2)
-4) Don't know6.2
1) Strongly agree2288.7
2) Somewhat agree73928.3
3) Neither agree nor disagree36113.8
4) Somewhat disagree55321.2
5) Strongly disagree72327.7
I enjoy getting into new situations where you can't predict how things will turn out. (SE_3)
-4) Don't know10.4
1) Strongly agree31512.1
2) Somewhat agree82331.5
3) Neither agree nor disagree41816
4) Somewhat disagree49919.1
5) Strongly disagree54520.9
The most important thing in life is my own happiness. (SE_4)
-4) Don't know5.2
1) Strongly agree62724
2) Somewhat agree52520.1
3) Neither agree nor disagree33512.8
4) Somewhat disagree53220.4
5) Strongly disagree58522.4
It is sometimes okay to break moral rules if it works to your advantage and you can get away with it. (SE_5)
-7) Refused10
-4) Don't know4.2
1) Strongly agree803.1
2) Somewhat agree1937.4
3) Neither agree nor disagree1847.1
4) Somewhat disagree43516.7
5) Strongly disagree171265.6
I believe there is some real purpose for my life. (SE_6)
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know4.2
1) Strongly agree186871.6
2) Somewhat agree52720.2
3) Neither agree nor disagree1586.1
4) Somewhat disagree361.4
5) Strongly disagree15.6
I feel good about my future. (SE_7)
-7) Refused4.2
-4) Don't know00
1) Strongly agree151558.1
2) Somewhat agree81831.4
3) Neither agree nor disagree1495.7
4) Somewhat disagree903.4
5) Strongly disagree331.3

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