Who's Happier, Liberals or Conservatives?

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    1. "WHO is happier about life — liberals or conservatives? The answer might seem straightforward. After all, there is an entire academic literature in the social sciences dedicated to showing conservatives as naturally authoritarian, dogmatic, intolerant of ambiguity, fearful of threat and loss, low in self-esteem and uncomfortable with complex modes of thinking.

    a. …Barack Obama in 2008 who infamously labeled blue-collar voters “bitter,” as they “cling to guns or religion.” Obviously, liberals must be happier, right?


    2. Wrong. Scholars on both the left and right have studied this question extensively, and have reached a consensus that it is conservatives who possess the happiness edge.

    a. Pew Research Center in 2006 reported that conservative Republicans were 68 percent more likely than liberal Democrats to say they were “very happy” about their lives. This pattern has persisted for decades.

    3. Many conservatives favor an explanation focusing on lifestyle differences, such as marriage and faith. They note that most conservatives are married; most liberals are not. (The percentages are 53 percent to 33 percent, according to my calculations using data from the 2004 General Social Survey, and almost none of the gap is due to the fact that liberals tend to be younger than conservatives.) …married person will be 18 percentage points more likely to say he or she is very happy than the unmarried person.




    4. The story on religion is much the same. According to the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, conservatives who practice a faith outnumber religious liberals in America nearly four to one. And the link to happiness? You guessed it. Religious participants are nearly twice as likely to say they are very happy about their lives as are secularists (43 percent to 23 percent).

    a. The differences don’t depend on education, race, sex or age; the happiness difference exists even when you account for income.


    5. Fifty-two percent of married, religious, politically conservative people (with kids) are very happy — versus only 14 percent of single, secular, liberal people without kids.




    6. In the words of Jaime Napier and John Jost, New York University psychologists, in the journal Psychological Science, “Liberals may be less happy than conservatives because they are less ideologically prepared to rationalize (or explain away) the degree of inequality in society.”

    7. …conservatives do indeed see the free enterprise system in a sunnier light than liberals do, believing in each American’s ability to get ahead on the basis of achievement. Liberals are more likely to see people as victims of circumstance and oppression, and doubt whether individuals can climb without governmental help.

    a. …about 90 percent of conservatives agree that “While people may begin with different opportunities, hard work and perseverance can usually overcome those disadvantages.” Liberals — even upper-income liberals — are a third less likely to say this.

    b. …scholars note that liberals define fairness and an improved society in terms of greater economic equality. Liberals then condemn the happiness of conservatives, because conservatives are relatively untroubled by a problem that, it turns out, their political counterparts defined.




    8. There is one other noteworthy political happiness gap that has gotten less scholarly attention than conservatives versus liberals: moderates versus extremists….People at the extremes are happier than political moderates. Correcting for income, education, age, race, family situation and religion, the happiest Americans are those who say they are either “extremely conservative” (48 percent very happy) or “extremely liberal” (35 percent). Everyone else is less happy, with the nadir at dead-center “moderate” (26 percent).

    a. One possibility is that extremists have the whole world figured out, and sorted into good guys and bad guys. They have the security of knowing what’s wrong, and whom to fight. They are the happy warriors.




    9. And none, it seems, are happier than the Tea Partiers, many of whom cling to guns and faith with great tenacity. Which some moderately liberal readers of this newspaper might find quite depressing.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/o...ppier-and-extremists-are-happiest-of-all.html
     
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    2006? 2004?

    That is when conservatives were calling the shots

    Based on their constant temper tantrums, they do not seem too happy today
     
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    From the link:

    "Many data sets show this."


    Seems I didn't paste enough of the article for you, huh?
     
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    Anecdotal evidence: I am very happy.
     
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    BULLSHIT!

    CON$ervoFascists are only happy when they are making everyone else as miserable as themselves. CON$ simply lie about being happy just like they lie about everything else.
     
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    Conservatives are happier

    We're about to vote the biggest dumb fuck since Jimmy Carter out of office.
     
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    I can pick liberals out of a crowd- they're the ones with the blissful shit-eating grins on their faces.
     
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    This average Liberal is quite well adjusted in the happy-o-meter. Have been for most of my 50 + years.

    :eusa_think: Of course, those 50+ years covering the span of my life include times when I was a church-going conservative as well as after being born again as a life worshiping liberal...

    Perhaps a better question would be, do people who describe themselves as long term happy also describe themselves as liberal or conservative? :dunno:

    I'll bet most happy people describe themselves as conservative when it comes to finance (I have no debt) and liberal when it comes to having a good time.


    Just call me a happy independent who is currently leaning left.

    Trust me when I say that, should a government ever blossom that promotes fairness and simplicity in taxes, public budgets that are balanced by law, and transparency in all things politics, I'll try to 'conserve' that fucker to my dying breath.

    'Till then, happy liberal it is.
     
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    and repubs are grouchy oldies.
     
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