Hopebarometer 2018

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Hopebarometer 2018

24 January 2018

In January 2018, the Hopebarometer was conducted to test how hopeful Dutch citizens feel. Soon, we will be presenting the full report, but for now, we give a small sneak-preview.

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Firstly, the results show that people score higher on the first three more individual aspects of hope, and lower on the three more social aspects of hope. On the general ‘hope-index’, Dutch citizens scored a 6,34 on a scale of 1 to 10.

Trust in the future

The Hopebarometer 2018 had a special focus on the ‘trust in the future of the Netherlands’. When asked about their trust in different actors in society, people seem to be most positive about their friends and family, and neighbors. Generally, there seems to be less trust in strangers and societal institutes such as the national government, politicians and financial institutes.

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When asked about their expectations, people seem to be optimistic about their own life, finances and about the economy as a whole, but a bit more skeptical about the future of society as a whole, the health care system, education and national safety. About the future of our climate, people are particularly pessimistic; on average, people scored a 4,53.

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24 January 2018


The aim of the Hopebarometer 1.0 is to offer a guideline for assessing hope comprehensively within organisations, cities, countries or other groups. The barometer contains several self-report scales to measure seven dimensions that have been identified as central and irreducible aspects of hope. These dimensions are: 1) cognitive hope 2) emotional hope 3) virtuous hope 4) social hope 5) economic expectations 6) institutional hope and 7) spiritual hope. Tools to measure these dimensions include existing scales, as well as newly developed scales to measure the specific dimensions.


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