Who is more happy in life

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  1. Who is more happy in life


    Political Party Affiliation

    Some 45% of all Republicans report being very happy, compared with just 30% of Democrats and 29% of independents. This finding has also been around a long time; Republicans have been happier than Democrats every year since the General Social Survey began taking its measurements in 1972. Pew surveys since 1991 also show a partisan gap on happiness; the current 16 percentage point gap is among the largest in Pew surveys, rivaled only by a 17 point gap in February 2003.
    Could it be that Republicans are so much happier now because their party controls all the levers of federal power? Not likely. Since 1972, the GOP happiness edge over Democrats has ebbed and flowed in a pattern that appears unrelated to which party is in political power.
    For example, Republicans had up to a 10 and 11 percentage point happiness edge over Democrats in various years of both the Carter and Clinton presidencies, and as small as a three and five percentage point edge in various years of the Reagan and first Bush presidencies. Also, we should explain here a bit about how our survey questionnaire was constructed. The question about happiness was posed at the very beginning of the interview, while the question about political affiliation was posed at the back end, along with questions about demographic traits. So respondents were not cued to consider their happiness through the frame of partisan politics. This question is about happiness; it is not a question about happiness with partisan outcomes.
    Of course, there's a more obvious explanation for the Republicans' happiness edge. Republicans tend to have more money than Democrats, and -- as we've already discovered -- people who have more money tend to be happier.
    But even this explanation only goes so far. If one controls for household income, Republicans still hold a significant edge: that is, poor Republicans are happier than poor Democrats; middle-income Republicans are happier than middle-income Democrats, and rich Republicans are happier than rich Democrats.
    Might ideology be the key? It's true that conservatives, who are more likely to be Republican, are happier than liberals, who are more likely to be Democrats. But even controlling for this ideological factor, a significant partisan gap remains. Conservative Republicans are happier than conservative Democrats, and moderate/liberal Republicans are happier than liberal Democrats. Hmmm, what other factors might be at play? Well, there's always...
    Religiosity

    People who attend religious services weekly or more are happier (43% very happy) than those who attend monthly or less (31%); or seldom or never (26%). This correlation between happiness and frequency of church attendance has been a consistent finding in the General Social Surveys taken over the years.
    The same pattern applies within all major religious denominations. For example, 38% of all Catholics who attend church weekly or more report being very happy, while just 28% of Catholics who attend church less often say they are very happy. The survey also finds that white evangelical Protestants (43%) are more likely than white mainline Protestants (33%) to report being very happy, but this difference goes away after taking frequency of church attendance into account.


  2. I'm pretty happy, and I think they're both full of sh!t...
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  3. I'm on the left and these are some of the best years of my life.

  4. lol don't shoot the messanger.. most of my republican friends i know are not happy... cause they hate bush for not being a republican lol.. and obviously you are within that 31% so.. good everyone should feel happy .. some times in life.. but.. we are young.. i think this poll doesn't deal with college and post college students.. its more for middle aged men and women etc.. i think..

  5. I feel good because I'm healthy, I'm in great physical condition, and I'm extremely handsome.......
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  6. that goes without saying for all AM members

  7. The phrase "ignorance is bliss" comes to mind. lol

    Seriously though, I do believe the poll results. I'm a moderate Dem with some libertarian leanings but 10 years ago I was almost radically liberal. In those days I was indeed less happy..with myself, my situation in life and I absolutely hated society. I was a true misanthrope.

    I think there comes a point where one realizes that society is what it is and you are not going to change it. Once you let go of some percieved need to change everything or rail against everything you do not approve of, it's easier to find peace with yourself and in doing so, make peace with the world at large. Live and let live in other words.

    On the flipside, I think that a lot of conservative to ultra conservatives would practically die before admitting they are not happy or that they don't find total fulfillment in going to church, work, et cetera. It's an old school mentality that says not being happy or complaining is weakness. Sort of like the old man who toughs out 3 or 4 days of chest pains before finally passing out from a myocardial infarction.

    I find value in all trains of thought so don't feel I am picking on any given group, just making an observation.

  8. Certainly one of the most accurate statements of all time was Abraham Lincoln's observation that people are generally about as happy as they make up their minds to be...

  9. there is no way a poll can determine different types of people's happiness

  10. As I alluded..that would require total honesty on the part of the participants over a rather subjective topic and that never happens.

  11. Conservatives are happier in life because they have the gift of Hannidate, Sean Hannity's dating service:

    http://web1.hannity.com/hannidate/index.php?page=index

  12. I don't think that poll evidences that conservatives are happier, but it does confirm our suspicion that they are in fact liars


    Seriously though, I do believe the poll results. I'm a moderate Dem with some libertarian leanings but 10 years ago I was almost radically liberal. In those days I was indeed less happy..with myself, my situation in life and I absolutely hated society. I was a true misanthrope.
    I could have written this myself. I loathed everyone and everything for a time. Glad that is over!

    I don't necessarily think that widespread social change is possible, but from my experience teaching in an urban high school, I can honestly say that while societal change may be impossible, individuals can help individuals. I have experienced it first hand. The school where I worked sent many kids from disadvantaged backgrounds to good schools where they continued to thrive.

  13. most thrive because even "good" schools have been so stunted in any sort of true value of education. I get your disadvantaged kids in my college class room.. and these kids are no worse and no better than "advantaged" kids.

    I may actually have 12 students out of 7 classes holding roughly 22 students each.. i teach that are up to par for a college setting.





    As for lies. It is not needed in the aspect of this poll. The simple fact is those with more conservative views tend to have more trust in the system.. obvioulsy it doesn't even matter on income, race etc. If they hold a conservative mind-set they are happier.

    If that is a good or bad thing.... i have no idea.

  14. I was sorta kinding about the liars comment. Well, if we're talking political leaders, I would have to agree with Milwood: they're both full of ****!

  15. i agree with the poll. everyone *****es and complains but liberals/democrats often take it to a new level.... How could they be happy? look at freakin san francisco..... all those hippies there complain so much they cant see the positive in anything....


    and of course....being too much of anything, liberal or conservative, is almost always a bad thing

  16. complains but liberals/democrats often take it to a new level
    I'm disappointed. I can't believe in a board where education is crucial that we have such sweeping statements except oh yeah, I do it too.

    I went to the Political Compass site and did a test. The questions were ok but I got something to the effect of -5 for Left and Right, and -6 for for Authoritarian and Libertarian. Both are out of + or - 8. So I'm Left-Libertarian and consider myself a happy person.

    Most hippies are that way just to belong to something. Kind of like Christian fundies.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by The Experiment
    I'm disappointed. I can't believe in a board where education is crucial that we have such sweeping statements except oh yeah, I do it too.

    I went to the Political Compass site and did a test. The questions were ok but I got something to the effect of -5 for Left and Right, and -6 for for Authoritarian and Libertarian. Both are out of + or - 8. So I'm Left-Libertarian and consider myself a happy person.

    Most hippies are that way just to belong to something. Kind of like Christian fundies.
    Most hippies aren't liberals, they are non-partisan posers

    I remember hippies in college who had to have a Nalgene water bottle. You were only cool if you had the latest Phish tapes, etc. Nice life

  18. sorry.... maybe i shouldnt call hippies democrats.....i hang out with kwyche too much and hippies is his favorite term....

    im more of a libertarian also though

  19. I'm more of a Republican, but not the Pat Robertson kind, and I'm happy as hell. Just give me iron, football, chicken, oats, sprouted bread, natty PB and I'll remain happy

  20. sprouted bread? what is that?? im happy too!!!!! except for a small financial distress at the moment, but other than that.....im good

  21. Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. Gimpy!
    sprouted bread? what is that?? im happy too!!!!! except for a small financial distress at the moment, but other than that.....im good
    The trader joe's multi-grain bread (I use this or oats, or broccoli for carbs). Chop up 1 chicken breast, add fat free mozzarella to the bread, spread a little bit of light cream cheese and enjoy

  22. Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. Gimpy!
    sorry.... maybe i shouldnt call hippies democrats.....i hang out with kwyche too much and hippies is his favorite term....

    im more of a libertarian also though
    Yeah, that's my fault...I call everyone I dislike hippies (because I think hippies were the demise of the once great america ).

    I'm a libertarian pretty much to the core, and I find way more *****ing on the left than the right. *****ing is usually a sign of unhappiness, IMO.

    Doesn't mean that "all" lefties are unhappy, hell, the poll says 31% are "very happy". Just that I do agree there is a higher occurence of unhappiness in the lefties.

  23. I think in general, the more extreme the mindset that has ideaologies that are completely unrealistic will be unhappy due to the fact that the world will never be the way they want it.

    This can apply to any end of the spectrum but currently since the right holds sway, the left..most notably the far far left are less happy. We saw the opposite during the Clinton years with ultra conservatives.

    Now we have movies by the Wachoski brothers like Matrix or V for Vendetta that express the distrust liberals have for the govt and the potential for autocracy. It struck me the other day that during the Clinton years you had ultra conservatives who were very distrustful of the govt then and lots of murmurs about keeping and bearing arms to protect one's self from the socialist gubbermint...now it is the direct opposite which is kinda funny.

  24. I don't agree with much of the my leftist brothers and sisters. I believe in common sense and reading before making conclusions. Many liberals don't sadly. I went to my schools Democrat chapter and tried to argue my points but most were content with saying little else other than variations of "Bush Lied, people died."

    Its true, Bush lied and indeed people died, but we need to think of ways to improve the situation and think of new ideas. Nobody wanted that. Some said they wanted Bush to be accountable and thats it. I said that wouldn't automatically undo Iraq, Patriot Act, and all other other measures. It fell on deaf ears.

    I thought about returning and making a stronger case. I don't know why I'm explaining my points here instead of at those meetings. Nothing against you all, I'm just saying Democrats need a direction.

    I think the Leftist-Libertarian stance is the best way for the party to move and grow. I'm against gun control for instance. I don't see that as a favor to right wing issue, I just think its pointless to spend billions on a program that bears little fruit. I think the problem is that gangs use it and most gang members are teenagers with nothing better to do. So a rec facility for example could actually provide better results than gun control and cost less money. Thats how I think of things.

    rant over.
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