Who is happy?

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    Gallup poll shows married Republicans are happiest Americans

    Monday, January 05, 2004

    By The Leader-Chicago Bureau

    A December Gallup poll shows Americans at the highest level of "happiness" since Gallup has been asking Americans about their overall satisfaction with their lives.
    CHICAGO -- Are you happy?

    If you're not happy with your life, you should get married, make over $75,000 a year and become a Republican.

    According to a recent Gallup Poll report entitled "A Nation of Happy People," those who fall into those categories are the happiest in America.

    But really, the vast majority of Americans are very happy, the poll revealed.

    During the week of December 11-14, 2003, 55 percent of 1,011 adults surveyed said that they were very happy and 40 percent said they were fairly happy in their lives.

    There were some surprising results to the Gallup poll, and some not so surprising.

    Higher income = more satisfaction?

    If a person made $75,000 or more a year, 75 percent were very happy with their lives. The percent saying they are very satisfied with the way things are going in their lives rose from 41% among those earning less than $30,000 to 53% among those in the $30,000 to $49,999 bracket, the study revealed.

    Is it possible that Republicans are happier, even in Illinois?
    Yes, Republicans are generally happier than Democrats and Independents, according to the Gallup poll.

    Political affiliation Republicans Independents Democrats
    Very happy 62 49 50
    Fairly happy 35 47 41
    Not happy 3 4 7

    Why Republicans are happier is not clear, but the result has been the same in nearly every asking of this measure since 1996, the Gallup poll reports. Republicans remained happier during one reading under former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, and three under Republican President George W. Bush. Only in 1996 did Republicans and Democrats express about equal levels of happiness.

    Happiness and the nation's perception of what happiness is may have a bearing on who is elected to the White House in 2004. It may also effect whether the United States Congress remains in control of Republicans.

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    You can tell that all the Democrats are pissed off every time you hear one of them speak. I didn't need a poll to tell me that.
     
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    :laugh: Agreed, but its nice to point it out. Good to see you back Jeff.
     

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