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Question: How much do you agree or disagree with the statement "I feel that I have a pretty good understanding of the important political issues facing our country"?
Choices: "Strongly agree" "Agree" "Neither agree nor disagree" "Disagree" "Strongly disagree"
Data: % of "Strongly agree" "Agree"
Period:
Area:
18 countries/ areas
Highlight:
1 Canada68.0%
2 Australia64.5%
3 New Zealand63.6%
4 Ireland63.1%
5 Israel62.6%
6 France62.5%
7 Italy52.3%
8 Norway51.1%
9 Poland48.2%
10 United States45.1%
11 Slovenia42.0%
12 Switzerland41.3%
13 Germany39.4%
14 Spain39.0%
15 Hungary29.2%
16 Latvia28.8%
17 Czech Republic28.7%
18 Japan 21.4%

Note
Can't choose/ No answer are excluded. Germany: unweighted sum of West and East Germany. Israel: unweighted sum of Jews and Arabs. United Kingdom: excluding Northern Ireland.

No data for 20 countries.

Source
ISSP 1996

Correlations with major national performance indices
Life satisfaction (10 steps)
No. of data18
Regression equation
Y = 1.774807 X +5.914
Correlation coefficient (r)0.606
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.367

GDP per capita (current US$)
No. of data18
Regression equation
Y = 85868.431776 X +9614.188
Correlation coefficient (r)0.444
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.197

Life expectancy at birth - Both sexes (years)
No. of data18
Regression equation
Y = 10.452163 X +75.693
Correlation coefficient (r)0.434
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.188

Fertility rate, total (births per woman)
No. of data18
Regression equation
Y = 0.865245 X +1.220
Correlation coefficient (r)0.325
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.106

Suicide, age-standardized (per 100 000 population)
No. of data18
Regression equation
Y = -7.224137 X +13.445
Correlation coefficient (r)-0.338
Coefficient of determination (R2)0.114