duh February 11, 2008Posted by AP in econ, politics, psychology.
Tags: democrat, greg mankiw, happiness, politics, republican
greg mankiw relays:
The Washington Post reports:
Republicans are happier than Democrats. A 2006 Pew Research poll found that 45 percent of Republicans describe themselves as “very happy,” compared with only 30 percent of Democrats (and 29 percent of independents). This is a sizable gap and a remarkably consistent one, too. Republicans have been happier than Democrats every year since the General Social Survey, conducted biannually by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, began asking about happiness in 1972.
if you’re happy, then you probably don’t see a need to change things and will tend to vote conservatively. if you’re generally unhappy, then you will want to change things, and hence vote progressively.