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Question: How important do you personally think being useful to society is in a job?
Choices: "Very important" "Important" "Neither important nor unimportant" "Not important" "Not important at all"
Data: % of "Very important"
Period:
Area:
20 countries/ areas
Highlight:
1 Portugal87.1%
2 Slovenia87.0%
3 Spain86.5%
4 Poland84.2%
5 Israel81.0%
6 Hungary80.3%
7 Italy79.5%
8 United States78.7%
9 Japan 77.1%
10 Denmark75.3%
11 Canada72.8%
12 Netherlands70.3%
13 New Zealand69.7%
14 Switzerland69.4%
15 United Kingdom68.7%
16 Czech Republic68.6%
17 France66.0%
18 Sweden64.3%
19 Norway63.9%
20 Germany63.0%

Note
Can't choose Germany: unweighted sum of West and East Germany. Israel: unweighted sum of Jews and Arabs. United Kingdom: excluding Northern Ireland.

No data for 18 countries.

Source
ISSP 1997

Correlations with major national performance indices
Life satisfaction (10 steps)
No. of data20
Regression equation
Y = -3.476357 X +9.419
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.563
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.317

GDP per capita (current US$)
No. of data20
Regression equation
Y = -157167.340401 X +165630.053
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.533
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.284

Life expectancy at birth - Both sexes (years)
No. of data20
Regression equation
Y = -9.184876 X +87.888
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.262
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.069

Fertility rate, total (births per woman)
No. of data20
Regression equation
Y = -0.453643 X +1.953
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.098
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.010

Suicide, age-standardized (per 100 000 population)
No. of data20
Regression equation
Y = -4.101563 X +12.448
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.119
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.014