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Gallup World Poll

Summary Advice: The Gallup World Poll (GWP) is a survey that polls representative samples of households in a large group of countries.  The core survey instrument asks a wide range of questions, including some related to governance. 

Main Points: To ensure that the GWP survey data are representative of 95% of the world's adult population. The target population is the entire civilian, non-institutionalized, aged 15 and older population. With some exceptions, all samples are probability based and nationally representative.

There is a standard set of core questions used around the world. In some regions, supplemental questions are asked in addition to core questions. For example, the questions used in heavily indebted poor countries are tailored toward providing information about progress on the Millennium Development Goals.

The typical World Poll survey includes at least 1,000 surveys of individuals. In some countries, oversamples are collected in major cities or areas of special interest. Additionally, in some large countries, such as China and Russia, sample sizes of at least 2,000 are collected. Although rare, in some instances the sample size is between 500 and 1,000.

The GWP global indexes span multiple economic, political, and social topics that correlate with real-world outcomes.

Law and Order Index measures security levels that respondents report for themselves and their families. It incorporates two questions that gauge respondents' sense of personal security and two questions that specifically address the incidence of crime.

Food and Shelter Index measures whether a respondent has experienced deprivation in the areas of food or shelter. Two items that ask about respondents' ability to afford food or shelter in the past year compose this index.

Personal Economy Index measures respondents' personal economic situations and the economics of the community where they live.

The Personal Health Index measures perceptions of one's own health and incidence of pain, sadness, and worry.

Citizen Engagement Index assesses respondents' satisfaction with their communities and their inclination to volunteer their time, money, and assistance to others. Engaged citizens are positive about the communities they live in and actively give back to them.

Well-Being Indexes: Thriving, Struggling, Suffering Indexes measure respondents' perceptions of where they stand, now and in the future. Individuals who rate their current lives a "7" or higher AND their future an "8" or higher are "Thriving." Individuals are "Suffering" if they report their current AND future lives as a "4" and lower. All other individuals are "Struggling."

Well-Being Indexes: Positive Experience Index is a measure of experienced wellbeing on the day before the survey. Questions provide a real-time measure of respondents' positive experiences.

Well-Being Indexes: Negative Experience Index is a measure of experienced wellbeing on the day before the survey. Questions provide a real-time measure of respondents' negative experiences.

The National Institutions Index measures confidence in key national institutions prominent in a country's leadership: the military, the judicial system, the national government, and the honesty of elections.

The Corruption Index measures perceptions in a community about the level of corruption in business and government.

The Youth Development Index measures a community's focus on the welfare of its children. This index includes general measures of development of youth and respect for youth, along with satisfaction with the educational system.

Community Basics Index measures satisfaction with aspects of everyday life in a community, including education, environment, healthcare, housing, and infrastructure.

The Diversity Index measures a community's acceptance of people from different racial, ethnic, and cultural groups.

The Optimism Index measures a respondent's positive attitude about the future. Specifically, respondents are asked whether certain aspects of their life are getting better or getting worse.

The Communications Index measures the degree to which respondents are connected via electronic communications.

The Violence Index measures a respondent's acceptance of others' use of violence as a means to an end.

The Religiosity Index is a measure of the importance of religion in respondents' lives and their self-reported attendance of religious services. For religions in which attendance at services is limited, care must be used in interpreting the data.

The dataset covers global sample of countries.

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Source: Gallup World Poll Methodology

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