Hopebarometer report 2019

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Hopebarometer report 2019

22 December 2019

The new Hopebarometer report is published in December 2019. This edition focuses on the relation between hope and inclusivity.

With an average score of 6.3, Dutch citizens are as hopeful as they were in 2018, but we do see changes in trust and expectations. People have more positive expectations for life in general and social services such as education, health care and safety. Moreover, trust in financial institutions, such as banks, has increased over the past year. We also see a small but significant increase in trust in strangers, the army and political parties.

Generally, we find lower hope among people who don’t feel included in society, that is, people who cannot fully participate in society, find the Dutch society unfair, feel discriminated against or are limited by their finances or health. Moreover, people who are less hopeful are also less inclined to help others or commit to improving their community.


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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