Why Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals

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  1. Revmitchell

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

    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. Many data sets show this. For example, the 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. The question isn’t whether this is true, but why.

    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.) Marriage and happiness go together. If two people are demographically the same but one is married and the other is not, the married person will be 18 percentage points more likely to say he or she is very happy than the unmarried person.

    The story on religion is much the same.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/o...-and-extremists-are-happiest-of-all.html?_r=0
     
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    Yup. :thumbsup:
     
  3. poncho

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    Conservatives have to be the only people on earth that can admit to being authoritarians and being happy about it at the same time. Unlike the liberals that are to squeamish to even admit they are authoritarians.

    Hey you don't suppose liberals would be happier if they could bring themselves to admit to being authoritarians to do you?

    Hmmmm.
     
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    Guess I'm an exception to the rule. I'm 67+ YO and have never married & don't plan to ever be married in this life.

    Happy? Yes I am! I've got a wonderful Father in heaven; His Son as my Savior; His Word and the Holy Spirit to guide me; and a wonderful church that teaches & preaches (& practices!) what His Word declares as Truth.:thumbsup:






















    Oh yes, I've also got BB to entertain me. :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    As far as being a conservative man I must ask, "have you ever seen what liberal women look like?" :tongue3::smilewinkgrin: Maybe that is why....
     
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    It strikes me, a man as strange to hear another man judging a woman's looks by her political leanings.
     
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