Status Concerns and Societal Dissatisfaction

Single Wave Study

General Information

Status Concerns and Societal Dissatisfaction
Project Number
This questionnaire examines the causes of feelings of unease about the society people live in.
The questionnaire consists of around thirty statements that respondents can either agree or disagree with.
Longitudinal Type
Single Wave Study
Begin date
End date
Due to technical problems only one reminder instead of two was sent during the fieldwork in June 2013. Therefore, the response in this month is lower than usual.
Van De Ven, N., Lindenberg, S.M.
© 2015 CentERdata
Funding Organization
CentERdata/MESS Project

Datasets and documentation

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Codebook in English
Codebook in Dutch

Data Files

English SPSS file
English STATA file


Variable name Variable Label Variable Type
nomem_encrNumber of household member encryptedpreloaded
jk13a_mYear and month of the field work periodconstructed
jk13a001In my ideal society...everyone’s situation improves with time, even if it means that those who perform best must sometimes wait their turn.directly measured
jk13a002In my ideal society...there would preferably be a bit less progress for everyone, than a permanent competition between all individuals.directly measured
jk13a003In my ideal society...the inequality between people is not very large.directly measured
jk13a004In my ideal society...everyone looks after his or her own progress.directly measured
jk13a005In my ideal society...people are responsible for their own fate if things go well, but also in times when things go less well.directly measured
jk13a006In my ideal society...someone’s position in society depends especially on their accomplishments.directly measured
jk13a007For a long time, the state...has not maintained an equilibrium in the inequality between people.directly measured
jk13a008For a long time, the state...has not managed to build social cohesion in this society.directly measured
jk13a009For a long time, the state...has not taken good care of all citizens.directly measured
jk13a010For a long time, the state...has exerted influence over what people can earn.directly measured
jk13a011For a long time, the state...has restricted competition in the market.directly measured
jk13a012For a long time, the state...has used tax money to help people who make a mess of their lives.directly measured
jk13a013I do not like it if others continually try to be better off than myself.directly measured
jk13a014I do not like it if others are a lot worse off than myself.directly measured
jk13a015I do not like it if others feel that I should help pay for their so-called bad luck.directly measured
jk13a016I do not like it if people look to the state for help, instead of helping.directly measured
jk13a017In general, Dutch society gives me a warm feeling.directly measured
jk13a018I do not feel at home in Dutch society.directly measured
jk13a019I sometimes have the feeling that I don’t really belong in Dutch society.directly measured
jk13a020I feel that I belong in Dutch society.directly measured
jk13a021I love the Netherlands.directly measured
jk13a022Important aspects of Dutch culture are at risk of being lost.directly measured
jk13a023Immigration is an enrichment of Dutch culture.directly measured
jk13a024I feel that behavior and morality are getting worse in our society.directly measured
jk13a025Crime is increasing in the Netherlands.directly measured
jk13a026I don’t think that parliamentarians and ministers really care about what people like me think.directly measured
jk13a027People like me have no influence at all on how the government acts.directly measured
jk13a028I would prefer the government to remain at a standstill for a moment, and to not implement too many changes in uncertain times.directly measured
jk13a029If it is not exactly clear what the effect of a certain new policy will be, then the government should not implement this policy.directly measured
jk13a030I anticipate that my personal economic situation will deteriorate considerably in the coming years.directly measured
jk13a031It is likely that the economy will decline further in the coming time.directly measured
jk13a032Was it difficult to answer the questions?directly measured
jk13a033Were the questions sufficiently clear?directly measured
jk13a034Did the questionnaire get you thinking about things?directly measured
jk13a035Was it an interesting subject?directly measured
jk13a036Did you enjoy answering the questions?directly measured
jk13a037Starting date questionnaireconstructed
jk13a038Starting time questionnaireconstructed
jk13a039End date questionnaireconstructed
jk13a040End time questionnaireconstructed
jk13a041Duration of questionnaire in secondsderived


Questionnaire: Status Concerns and Societal Dissatisfaction

The study was administered in Dutch.

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Response Information

Response Overview
Selected number of household members: 3,196 (100%)
Non-response: 1,121(35.0%)
Response: 2,075 (65.0%)
Complete: 2,067 (64.7%)
Incomplete: 8 (0.3%)
Collection Events
03-06-2013 to 25-06-2013
random sample of 3,196 panel members of 16 years of age or older
Collection Mode
internet survey
Fieldwork Note
Due to technical problems only one reminder instead of two was sent to non-respondents.