The Belief About Free Choice and Control measure includes a single item from Wave 6 of the World Values Survey. The item asked participants to indicate the extent to which they feel they have free choice and control over their lives. The World Values Survey consists of nationally representative surveys conducted in almost 100 countries and was developed to help scientists and policy makers understand global changes in individuals’ beliefs, values and motivations.
Geographies Tested: Albania,Algeria,Andorra,Angola,Antigua and Barbuda,Argentina,Armenia,Australia,Austria,Azerbaijan,Bangladesh,Barbados,Belarus,Belgium,Belize,Bhutan,Bolivia,Bosnia and Herzegovina,Botswana,Brazil,Bulgaria,Burkina Faso,Burundi,Cambodia,Cameroon,Canada,Chad,Chile,China,Colombia,Democratic Republic of the Congo,Costa Rica,Cote d'Ivoire,Croatia,Cuba,Cyprus,Czech Republic,Denmark,Dominican Republic,East Timor Timor-Leste,Ecuador,Egypt,El Salvador,Equatorial Guinea,Eritrea,Estonia,Ethiopia,Finland,France,Georgia,Germany,Ghana,Greece,Guatemala,Guinea,Guinea-Bissau,Guyana,Haiti,Honduras,Hungary,Iceland,India,Indonesia,Iran,Iraq,Ireland,Israel,Italy,Jamaica,Japan,Jordan,Kazakhstan,Kenya,Korea, North,Korea, South,Kuwait,Kyrgyzstan,Laos,Latvia,Lebanon,Lesotho,Liberia,Libya,Liechtenstein,Lithuania,Luxembourg,Macedonia,Madagascar,Malawi,Malaysia,Mali,Malta,Mauritius,Mexico,Moldova,Monaco,Mongolia,Morocco,Mozambique,Myanmar (Burma),Namibia,Nepal,Netherlands,New Zealand,Nicaragua,Niger,Nigeria,Norway,Oman,Pakistan,Panama,Papua New Guinea,Paraguay,Peru,Philippines,Poland,Portugal,Qatar,Romania,Russia,Rwanda,Saudi Arabia,Senegal,Serbia,Seychelles,Sierra Leone,Singapore,Slovakia,Slovenia,Somalia,South Africa,Spain,Sri Lanka,Sudan,Suriname,Sweden,Switzerland,Syria,Taiwan,Tajikistan,Tanzania,Thailand,The Gambia,Togo,Trinidad and Tobago,Tunisia,Turkey,Turkmenistan,Uganda,Ukraine,United Arab Emirates,United Kingdom,United States of America,Uruguay,Uzbekistan,Venezuela,Vietnam,Yemen,Zambia
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adults
1. Some people feel they have completely free choice and control over their lives, while other people feel that what they do has no real effect on what happens to them. Please use this scale where 1 means “no choice at all” and 10 means “a great deal of choice” to indicate how much freedom of choice and control you feel you have over the way your life turns out (code one number).
10-point Scale from “No choice at all” (1) to “A Great Deal of Choice” (10)
Inglehart, R., C. Haerpfer, A. Moreno, C. Welzel, K. Kizilova, J. Diez-Medrano, M. Lagos, P. Norris, E. Ponarin & B. Puranen et al. (eds.). (2014). WVS 2010-2012 Wave, revised master, June 2012. https://www.worldvaluessurvey.org/WVSDocumentationWV6.jsp
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