My Life Goals

Welcome to the life goals psychological survey! This survey is designed to study the goals and aspirations that people set.

Directions:

Everyone has long-term Goals or Aspirations. These are the things that individuals hope to accomplish over the course of their lives. In this section, you will find a number of life goals, presented one at a time. Please rate how important each goal is to you. Use the following rating scale:

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2

3

4

5

6
7
8
9

Not at all

 

A little

 

Moderately

 
Very
 
Extremely

 

How important to you is each goal?

Not at all
 
A little
 

Moderately

 

Very

 

Extremely

Statement
1. To be a very wealthy person.
2. To grow and learn new things.
3. To have my name known by many people.
4. To have good friends that I can count on.
5. To successfully hide the signs of aging.
6. To work for the betterment of society.
7. To have many expensive possessions.
8. At the end of my life, to be able to look back on my life as meaningful and complete.
9. To be admired by many people.
10. To share my life with someone I love.
11. To have people comment often about how attractive I look.
12. To assist people who need it, asking nothing in return.
13. To be financially successful.
14. To choose what I do, instead of being pushed along by life.
15. To be famous.
16. To have committed, intimate relationships.
17. To keep up with fashions in hair and clothing.
18. To work to make the world a better place.
19. To be rich.
20. To know and accept who I really am.
21. To have my name appear frequently in the media.
22. To feel that there are people who really love me, and whom I love.
23. To achieve the "look" I've been after.
24. To help others improve their lives.
25. To have enough money to buy everything I want.
26. To gain increasing insight into why I do the things I do.
27. To be admired by lots of different people.
28. To have deep enduring relationships.
29. To have an image that others find appealing.
30. To help people in need.




 

Now please rate the extent to which you agree or disagree with each of the following statements.

Strongly Disagree
Moderately Disagree
Slightly Disagree
Slightly Agree
Moderately Agree
Strongly Agree
Statement:
1. In case of uncertainty, I prefer to make an immediate decision, whatever it may be.
2. When I find myself facing various, potentially valid, alternatives, I decide in favor of one of them quickly and without hesitation.
3. I prefer to decide on the first available solution rather than to ponder at length what decision I should make.
4. I get very upset when things around me aren't in their place.
5. Generally, I avoid participating in discussions on ambiguous and controversial problems.
6. When I need to confront a problem, I do not think about it too much and I decide without hesitation.
7. When I need to solve a problem, I generally do not waste time in considering diverse points of view about it.
8. I prefer to be with people who have the same ideas and tastes as myself.
9. Generally, I do not search for alternative solutions to problems for which I already have a solution available.
10. I feel uncomfortable when I do not manage to give a quick response to problems that I face.
11. Any solution to a problem is better than remaining in a state of uncertainty.
12. I prefer activities where it is always clear what is to be done and how it needs to be done.
13. After having found a solution to a problem I believe that it is a useless waste of time to take into account diverse possible solutions.
14. I prefer things to which I am used to those I do not know, and cannot predict.
15. Although it may appear that things are constantly getting more dangerous and chaotic, it really isn't so. Every era has its problems, and a person's chances of living a safe, untroubled life are better today than ever before.
16. Any day now chaos and anarchy could erupt around us. All the signs are pointing to it.
17. There are many dangerous people in our society who will attack someone out of pure meanness, for no reason at all.
18. Despite what one hears about "crime in the street," there probably isn't any more now than there ever has been.
19. If a person takes a few sensible precautions, nothing bad is likely to happen to him or her; we do not live in a dangerous world.
20. Every day as society becomes more lawless and bestial, a person's chances of being robbed, assaulted, and even murdered go up and up.
21. My knowledge and experience tell me that the social world we live in is basically a safe, stable and secure place in which most people are fundamentally good.
22. It seems that every year there are fewer and fewer truly respectable people, and more and more persons with no morals at all who threaten everyone else.
23. The "end" is not near. People who think that earthquakes, wars, and famines mean God might be about to destroy the world are being foolish.
24. My knowledge and experience tells me that the social world we live in is basically a dangerous and unpredictable place, in which good, decent and moral people's values and way of life are threatened and disrupted by bad people.




Now please answer the questions below.







1) How often do you follow what is going on in government and public affairs?
                     
Hardly at all
Only now and then
Some of the time
Most of the time
 
2) In political matters, people talk of "the left" and "the right." How would you place your views on this scale, generally speaking?
                     
Left
Middle
Right
 
3) Overall, how interested are you in politics?
                     
Not at all interested
Not so interested
Somewhat interested
Very interested
 
4) How many days in the past week did you talk about politics with family or friends?
                     
0 days
1 day
2 days
3 days
4 days
5 days
6 days
7 days
 
5) How much do you feel you know about politics?
                     
Nothing
A little
A moderate amount
A lot
 
6) There has been some discussion about abortion during recent years. Which one of the opinions below best agrees with your view?
                     
By law, abortion should never be permitted. The law should permit abortion only in cases of rape, incest, or when the woman's life is in danger. The law should permit abortion for reasons other than rape, incest, or danger to the woman's life, but only after the need for the abortion has been clearly established. By law, a woman should always be able to obtain an abortion as a matter of personal choice.
6b) Now think about a typical person on the political right. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
By law, abortion should never be permitted. The law should permit abortion only in cases of rape, incest, or when the woman's life is in danger. The law should permit abortion for reasons other than rape, incest, or danger to the woman's life, but only after the need for the abortion has been clearly established. By law, a woman should always be able to obtain an abortion as a matter of personal choice.
6c) Now think about a typical person on the political left. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
By law, abortion should never be permitted. The law should permit abortion only in cases of rape, incest, or when the woman's life is in danger. The law should permit abortion for reasons other than rape, incest, or danger to the woman's life, but only after the need for the abortion has been clearly established. By law, a woman should always be able to obtain an abortion as a matter of personal choice.
 
7) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry, or do you think they should not be allowed to marry?
                     
Should be allowed Should NOT be allowed Should not be allowed to marry but should be allowed to legally form a civil union
7b) Now think about a typical person on the political right. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Should be allowed Should NOT be allowed Should not be allowed to marry but should be allowed to legally form a civil union
7c) Now think about a typical person on the political left. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Should be allowed Should NOT be allowed Should not be allowed to marry but should be allowed to legally form a civil union
 
8) Some people think the government should provide fewer services even in areas such as health and education in order to reduce spending. Other people feel it is important for the government to provide many more services even if it means an increase in spending. And, of course, some other people have opinions somewhere in between. Where would you place yourself on this scale?
                     
Far fewer services
Fewer services
Slightly fewer services
About the same level of services
Slightly more services
More services
Far more services
8b) Now think about a typical person on the political right. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Far fewer services
Fewer services
Slightly fewer services
About the same level of services
Slightly more services
More services
Far more services
8c) Now think about a typical person on the political left. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Far fewer services
Fewer services
Slightly fewer services
About the same level of services
Slightly more services
More services
Far more services
 
9) Do you believe that government should make incomes more equal or that we need larger income differences as incentives for individual effort?
                     
Strongly believe incomes should be made more equal
Believe incomes should be made more equal
Slightly believe incomes should be made more equal
Believe neither
Slightly believe need larger income differences as incentive
Believe need larger income differences as incentive
Strongly believe need larger income differences as incentive
9b) Now think about a typical person on the political right. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Strongly believe incomes should be made more equal
Believe incomes should be made more equal
Slightly believe incomes should be made more equal
Believe neither
Slightly believe need larger income differences as incentive
Believe need larger income differences as incentive
Strongly believe need larger income differences as incentive
9c) Now think about a typical person on the political left. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Strongly believe incomes should be made more equal
Believe incomes should be made more equal
Slightly believe incomes should be made more equal
Believe neither
Slightly believe need larger income differences as incentive
Believe need larger income differences as incentive
Strongly believe need larger income differences as incentive
 
10) Do you believe that private ownership of business and industry should be increased or that government ownership of business and industry should be increased?
                     
Strongly believe private ownership should be increased
Believe private ownership should be increased
Slightly believe private ownership should be increased
Do not believe private or government ownership should be increased
Slightly believe government ownership should be increased
Believe government ownership should be increased
Strongly believe government ownership should be increased
10b) Now think about a typical person on the political right. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Strongly believe private ownership should be increased
Believe private ownership should be increased
Slightly believe private ownership should be increased
Do not believe private or government ownership should be increased
Slightly believe government ownership should be increased
Believe government ownership should be increased
Strongly believe government ownership should be increased
10c) Now think about a typical person on the political left. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Strongly believe private ownership should be increased
Believe private ownership should be increased
Slightly believe private ownership should be increased
Do not believe private or government ownership should be increased
Slightly believe government ownership should be increased
Believe government ownership should be increased
Strongly believe government ownership should be increased
 
11) Do you believe government should take more responsibility to ensure that everyone is provided for or less responsibility to ensure that everyone is provided for?
                     
Take much less responsibility
Take less responsibility
Take slightly less responsibility
Take the same amount of responsibility as it does now
Take slightly more responsibility
Take more responsibility
Take much more responsibility
11b) Now think about a typical person on the political right. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Take much less responsibility
Take less responsibility
Take slightly less responsibility
Take the same amount of responsibility as it does now
Take slightly more responsibility
Take more responsibility
Take much more responsibility
11c) Now think about a typical person on the political left. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Take much less responsibility
Take less responsibility
Take slightly less responsibility
Take the same amount of responsibility as it does now
Take slightly more responsibility
Take more responsibility
Take much more responsibility
 
12) Do you believe that people convicted of violent crimes should receive more severe penalties than they do now or less severe penalties than they do now?
                     
Much less severe penalties Less severe penalties As severe as they currently receive More severe penalties Much more severe penalties
12b) Now think about a typical person on the political right. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Much less severe penalties Less severe penalties As severe as they currently receive More severe penalties Much more severe penalties
12c) Now think about a typical person on the political left. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Much less severe penalties Less severe penalties As severe as they currently receive More severe penalties Much more severe penalties
 
13) Do you think the number of immigrants from foreign countries who are permitted to come to your country to live should be increased, decreased or kept the same?
                     
Increased a lot Increased a little Kept the same Decreased a little Decreased a lot
13b) Now think about a typical person on the political right. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Increased a lot Increased a little Kept the same Decreased a little Decreased a lot
13c) Now think about a typical person on the political left. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Increased a lot Increased a little Kept the same Decreased a little Decreased a lot
 
14) Some people think we need much tougher government regulations on business in order to protect the environment. Others think that current regulations to protect the environment are already too much of a burden on business. Which is closer to the way you feel?
                     
Much tougher regulations to protect the environment Somewhat tougher regulations to protect the environment Keep regulations as they are Somewhat fewer regulations to protect the environment Much fewer regulations to protect the environment
14b) Now think about a typical person on the political right. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Much tougher regulations to protect the environment Somewhat tougher regulations to protect the environment Keep regulations as they are Somewhat fewer regulations to protect the environment Much fewer regulations to protect the environment
14c) Now think about a typical person on the political left. Where would such a person stand on this issue?
                     
Much tougher regulations to protect the environment Somewhat tougher regulations to protect the environment Keep regulations as they are Somewhat fewer regulations to protect the environment Much fewer regulations to protect the environment






About You




1. Are you female or male?
 
Female
Male
 
2. What is your age? years old
 
3. In what country do you live?
 
4. Which of these best describes your race or ethnicity?
 
5. Which of these best describes your employment/student status?
 
6. What is the highest educational degree that you have already attained?
 
7. How often do you attend religious services?
                     
Never
A few times a year
Once or twice a month
Almost every week
Once a week
More than once a week
 
8. How much guidance does religion provide in your day-to-day life?
                     
None
Some
Quite a bit
A great deal
 
9. How often do you pray, outside of religious services?
                     
Never
Once a week or less
A few times a week
Once a day
Several times a day
 
10. How well do you understand what you read in English?
                     
Not at all
Slightly
Moderately
Well
Very well
Extremely well
 
11. What is your relationship status?
 
Married
Not married, but in a committed relationship
Not married and not in a committed relationship
 
12. What is your household's annual income, before taxes are taken out? Please convert to United States dollars.
 
13. Have you completed this survey before?
 
Yes, I have completed this survey before.
No, this is my first time completing this survey.

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