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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 271 -- Happiness.

What Makes One Happy-

Are you happy? Which of our fellow Americans are most happy?

Judging from some of the emails I get from our left-wing friends, it's not the liberals. Indeed, it's become a relatively well-known fact of social science that Democrats and liberals are more pessimistic than the rest of us. Even when they held power.

Not all that surprisingly, Republicans say they are happier than Democrats and Independents:


In many ways, money does buy happiness. But controlling for income, Republicans are still happier than Democrats within each wealth zone:


And conservatives are happier than liberals, within each party:


Meanwhile, married people are happier than unmarried folks:


Churchgoing people are happier than non-churchgoing folks, people living in the sunbelt are happier than those outside the sunbelt, suburbanites are happier than urban and rural folks, and college-educated folks are happier than those with no college experience.

So, the key to being happy begins to resemble the traditional American Dream. A decent income, a sunny home in the suburbs, with a spouse, a church home, and conservative Republican politics.

Pew Research Center.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Political Representation Is Correlated With Sports Prowess.

Posted by Will Franklin · 17 February 2006 01:54 PM


I love this post.

Will, you sure know how to stoke the fire.

I'm republican, unmarried, urban with a decent income and very happy... so there's some flexibility there.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at February 17, 2006 02:03 PM

There is a lot of overlaps and crosses, for sure.

Just like the car owner correlations, some people who own VW hippie vans are Republicans, while some people who drive Chevy Tahoes are Democrats. But mostly, not.

Posted by: Will Franklin at February 17, 2006 02:10 PM

I checke every tab on the list and guess what?
I'm pretty damn happy.

Posted by: Rob B. at February 17, 2006 02:54 PM

I alway's liked Abraham Lincoln's quote"
"People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Posted by: Rodney Dill at February 17, 2006 08:14 PM

I guess ignorance really is bliss.

Posted by: TR at February 24, 2006 07:34 PM