ESS: How satisfied with present state of economy in country?

In European Social Survey, the following question is asked:

On the whole how satisfied are you with the present state of the economy in [country]?

Caterogical answers were given, such as: where 0 means extremely dissatisfied and 10 means extremely satisfied. Mean score value was calculated from the answers and tabulated according to gender and marital status, as seen below, with the comparison of year 2002, 2004 and 2006:

Gender Marital Status 2002 2004 2006
Male Married   4.63 4.86 5.19
Separated   4.69 4.55 4.30
Divorced   4.73 4.63 5.08
Widowed   4.53 4.60 4.76
Never married   4.78 5.03 5.37
Overall average 4.68 4.89 5.21
Female Married   4.39 4.56 4.80
Separated   4.08 4.40 4.18
Divorced   4.20 4.09 4.42
Widowed   4.15 4.23 4.28
Never married   4.59 4.79 5.10
Overall average 4.39 4.53 4.75
Total  4.53 4.69 4.96

MeThink: on average…
– men are more satisfied with the current state of economy as compared to women.
– for both gender, the satisfaction with the state of economy had been increasing by years.
– for both gender as well, the satisfaction with current state of economy goes with marital status as followed: never married > married > divorced > separated/widowed.

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