Study; Right wingers happier than leftists

Lack of cognitive dissonance will do that for you.

We are happier because we are right. We are natural men and women. We aren’t fighting the iron laws of nature; rather we go with them and do what we can to help society live by natural law.

Liberals are going against Natural Law. That’s why they are miserable.

I want to go live in this guys town:

Given the many instances of Tea Partiers lashing out in anger over the past few years, it’s reasonable to think this is an extremely unhappy group of people.

Reasonable, but wrong.

At least, that’s the implication of newly published research from Canada. It finds a “significant association” between authoritarian attitudes and a subjective sense of well-being. These findings are “in line with evidence that conservative ideology … may promote positive psychological outcomes,” writes a research team led by psychologist Cara MacInnis of the University of Toronto and Michael Busseri of Brock University.

In the journal Personality and Individual Differences, the researchers describe a study featuring 237 Canadian university students. Participants provided a set of opinions to determine the extent to which they are aligned with right-wing authoritarianism—that is, a tendency to submit to authority, condemn those who violate the rules, and uphold established traditions.

They then gave a second set of opinions designed to determine their “social dominance orientation,” another aspect of generalized authoritarianism. Specifically, they expressed the extent of their agreement with statements such as “Some groups of people are just more worthy than others” and “In getting what your group wants, it is sometimes necessary to use force against other groups.”

Finally, they were asked to rate their current life on a scale of one to nine (from the “worst life I could have” to the best). They were also given 20 adjectives (10 positive, 10 negative) and asked about the extent to which each described how they feel “in general.”

The results: “On the general level, greater generalized authoritarianism was clearly related to greater subjective well-being,” the researchers write. “The association suggests that generalized authoritarianism may be ‘good’ for the self.”


In some ways, this result is counterintuitive. Much previous research has tied conservatism to higher levels of perceived threat. It’s hard to reconcile how people can both feel threatened and have a strong sense of well-being.

On the other hand, a strong sense of social hierarchy (the notion that everyone has their place) can arguably provide a coherent structure that makes the world seem less chaotic—and theoretically more controllable. That could, in turn, promote a sense of well-being.

It’s also important to note that the study participants were overwhelmingly young and female. They were also Canadians, who as a group report higher levels of well-being than Americans. It’s conceivable that an older, more male-skewing, U.S. sample could produce different results.

Still, this research calls into serious question the notion of far right-wingers being grumps who are taking out their misery on those around them. If these results are correct, they may be making others (such as, say, Republican moderates) plenty miserable, but on a personal level, they’re doing quite OK.



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20 Responses to Study; Right wingers happier than leftists

  1. JJ says:

    Unfortunately most of those who would qualify as right wingers in this study are just as delusional and dishonest as leftists, though it may be true that their particular delusions make them happier than leftist delusions.

  2. Rita Rabbit says:

    you cant be happy when you are a paycheck whore

  3. RobRoySimmons says:

    Libtards are so effin dumb, read that line about groups using force, hello black peoples group.

  4. Jehu says:

    Really extreme right wingers, like myself, even share with libertarians the recognition that pushing for your way politically or through the law IS ALSO FORCE. We just differ insofar as we have no inherent huge problem with that as do the libertarians. Of course any group that has more political power than economic power or social power is going to try to use the political arena to get what they couldn’t in the others. Pretty much every group historically with the exception of non-elite white people since around 1965 or so has done this. Non-elite white people need to get with the pogram and push who…whom. There is no prize for being the last to retribalize.

  5. The Evil Nazi Myth says:

    It seems to me that many liberals – particularly the flaky one’s – suffer from anxiety and they believe if there is “Live and let live”, then there’ll be no problems which is as stupid as a liberal thinking that because they are not interested in attacking and eating a lion, then the lion isn’t interested in attacking and eating them.

    Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) was is about cute, cuddly and harmless bear and a lion – probably not a good concept to teach small children (Whatever happened to Little Red Riding Hood?). Once that concept is ingrained into the youth culture, then the concept that other races are harmless and fun is easier which set-up the conditions for multiculturalism.

  6. Peak Finance says:

    So right wingers are “happier” and personally “do ok”

    I guess this explains why they are completely and totally ineffective to cause any kind of real change, and just continue to let the left roll them on every single issue. If they don’t just give up completely, they give inch after inch until the whole foot is gone, because, hey, they “do ok” anyway, right?

    • mindweapon says:


      What could we do? Too many people are too bought off at this point for us to be able to “do” anything. The Left controls the purse strings and calls the tune for the vast, vast majority.

      We’re basically in a Communist country at this point. Whta’s left of the middle class is dependent on government paychecks, directly or indirectly. If we were still a country of small businessmen and yeoman farmers we’d be able to do political agitation without the $PLC getting up our asses. But under the neo-Soviet Union, the best we can do is spread our ideas and wait for the neo-Kremlin to go bankrupt, which it will.

      Our enemies are batshit crazy, in case you didn’t notice. Such people don’t keep power for the long run, because their power is based on bread and circuses, and they are not going to be able to pay for the bread and circuses even in the medium term. Short term — next 5 years, maybe. I know we’ve been predicting the crash for a long time that hans’t happened YET. But it’s one of those things — it continues until it can no longer continue, and then it ends. And this will end.

      • Peak Finance says:

        Yes, of course your right. I don’t know why but this story just made me grumpy I guess.

    • Mr. Rational says:

      I guess this explains why they are completely and totally ineffective to cause any kind of real change, and just continue to let the left roll them on every single issue.

      Concealed carry is now the law of the land, even in hard-blue states like Illinois.

      Now, modifying that formula to fix other things is going to take some work, but we have an existence proof.

      • Peak Finance says:

        Well, I just lost the ability to CC in Nevada and Washington in just the last two years, I don’t know where else the law changed but this CC game the states play causes me a lot of stress when I travel, which I do a lot.

      • mindweapon says:

        What do you mean, CC? Credit card?

  7. It’s also important to note that the study participants were overwhelmingly young and female. They were also Canadians

    If you look at the questions, it’s not measuring “right” and “left” in the political party sense, it’s measuring “authoritarian attitudes.” Commies are far more “authoritarian” than the average person, but it’s just a code word for “The Authoritarian Personality,” the book put out by the Jewish Society to demonize normal white (Christian) men. Normal masculine traits, and traits like loyalty and race consciousness were defined as “authoritarian” meaning “bad” and “anti-semitic.”

    It’s hardly a surprise that young women that are “authoritarians” are happier because leftism demands women go against some of their most deeply ingrained instincts. In fact, I would suggest that leftism offers nothing positive to the average young woman except a sense of fitting in (by having correct opinions, women, especially young, are very conformist) and a socially acceptable way to please people that won’t be “sub-shamed” (by joining a fashionable cause or volunteering, etc.)

  8. Brandon says:

    MW, I don’t know how you can read those femi-screech websites. I have a very sensitive gag reflex and just seeing the name over there is enough to make me vomit. The title gives me a mental image of a bunch of queerfags sitting in a circle flapping their limp wrists at each other. BLEAH.

  9. fnn says:

    Chief Kessler lost his radio show at Republic Broadcasting for being a fanatical supporter of Israel

    • mindweapon says:

      Interesting. Well, at least we need not feel bad if he loses his job as police chief.

      Someone like that, if I lived in his town, I’d taqqiyah him and pretend that I agreed with him on everything.

  10. Brandon says:

    You probably already know by now, but CC is concealed carry.

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