Friday, November 30, 2007

Better Mental Health In Republicans

Gallup reported a new poll today (HT: WorldNetDaily) showing that Republicans report better mental health than Independents or Democrats.

Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent, according to data from the last four November Gallup Health and Healthcare polls. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43% of independents and 38% of Democrats. This relationship between party identification and reports of excellent mental health persists even within categories of income, age, gender, church attendance, and education.

Page 2 shows the graphs with the breakdowns by the different categories. Page 3 gives the proper caveat that this kind of study only shows correlations and can't give the cause of the results.

It makes sense to me (a Republican) that Republicans report better mental health. (I'm going to be generalizing here, so don't go nit-picking about the exceptions.) Republicans tend to believe in strong marriages and families, and people are generally more satisfied with their lives when they're married and in good families.

Democrats tend to believe in non-traditional families being just as good as traditional ones. They seem to be constantly fighting to change society into their ideal, which is an uphill battle and can wear people down so they have lower mental health. If they can get non-traditional families accepted, they'll notice that too many people smoke around children. Or that too many people are still using incandescent light bulbs and not recycling enough, so the planet is going to hell in a handbasket. It's all so depressing when you're a Democrat.

Yes, Republicans are a lot less angry than Democrats. And a lot happier. And a lot healthier.

Let's all be Republicans and make the world a better place!

5 comments:

Delta said...

What about Independents that tend to vote Republican? Is that why I only have a few grey hairs? (SMILE)

Marvin said...

I'm none of the above . . . must be why my hair is gone. I tend to vote libertarian or Constitution party.

SkyePuppy said...

Marvin,

I should know better than to try to look at my computer without my reading glasses. I saw your name, kinda fuzzy, but I could make out it was a short-ish name starting with an "M," so I thought it was Malott. But then I saw the part about no hair (What? The pictures on his blog show he has hair.) and voting libertarian or Constitution party (But I thought he said he voted Republican???). I was so confused.

Then I put on my glasses, and it all became clear. Lesson learned (I hope).

Maybe if you stop pulling out your hair while you try to decide between the libertarians and the Constitution party, your hair might come back...

BTW, have the Loboes finished all their playoffs?

Marvin said...

It is much easier to just flip a coin instead of pulling out hair to decide which crook to put into office. I would vote for Ron Paul. . . two or three times if I could get by with it.

The Loboes won the Regional Championship last Saturday after noon. Next Saturday is the Quarterfinal game against a team we beat 53 to 21 earlier in the year. We got banged up pretty bad last Saturday lost a defensive back for the season and another two will be playing injured, not at 100%, but we should win this one and go on to the semi finals.

Marvin said...

I may just be a wee bit biased, but I believe that the Loboes are the best team in Division II AA football, and we just beat the next best team. Statistically the two teams were nearly even. Cisco had a better offense and Gunter had a better defense, but it was Cisco's defense that won the game.