Sunday, December 02, 2007

Gallup Poll: Democrats Not All There

A new Gallup Poll of 4,000 reports that Republicans have much better mental health than Democrats. 58% of Republicans, 43% of independents, and only 38% of Democrats rated their mental health as excellent. You might think this is a result of all the money Republicans have stolen from the poor, but this relationship persists even when you control for income, age, gender, church attendance, and education. The differences in mental health are remarkably consistent across all of these characteristics. The impact of being a Republican on mental health was statistically significant, for the statisticians among you. As we all learned in stats, correlation does not prove causation. While this data does not tell us whether being a Republican improves mental health or if being mentally healthy causes you to choose to be a Republican, I believe that both are true.

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