Something I always thought was sort of true

Check out this Gallup poll.

12 Responses to “Something I always thought was sort of true”


  1. 1 John in the Middle November 30, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Maybe we Democrats are just more honest. I know of conservative Republican alcoholics who would never admit to having a mental health problem for instance.

    The question is, for all of their “self reported” good mental health, why can’t Republicans give us good honest government?

  2. 2 Judith L November 30, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    I think this has to do with progressive politics being based on fixing problems. This means that you must 1: focus on a problem, 2: think the problem can and must be fixed, and 3: believe that some governmental authority is the best entity to fix the problem. From my experience as a former progressive, this is a sure formula for chronic depression.

  3. 3 Alice C. Linsley November 30, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Ha! We are deluded if we think we have any health in ourselves.

  4. 4 Matthew November 30, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    I wonder how the poll would read if the Democrats win the White House?

  5. 5 Cajun Huguenot December 1, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    I think the mental health and Church attendance to be very interesting.

    Kenith

  6. 6 I'd rather not say December 2, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    Since Republicans tend to be more affluent, this is hardly surprising.

  7. 7 rwk December 3, 2007 at 1:40 am

    I’d rather not say,

    The whole point of the study was that they controlled for income among other factors and the trends were the same. Republicans, Independents and Democrats across levels of income, church attendance and education manifested the same tendency. So your comment doesn’t hold much water.

    As tempting as it would be for me to crow, being on the Republican side, it would just be playing into the cheap shot politics and sensationalistic headlines I despise. These articles should give us pause to reflect on our own lives.

    John in the Middle, it’s a tendency of alcoholics to not admit they have a problem, not just Republican alcoholics…

    The question is “why is this so?”. I think everyone would should remember that just because their is a correlation doesn’t mean there is causation. However, the fact that there is correlation means that it is worthy of further investigation.

    Thanks Drell, it gives me something to think about.

  8. 8 Boring Bloke December 3, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    There is an interesting trend in the church attendance plot (as mentioned by Cajan Huegenot).

    AttendanceRep. Ind. Dem.
    Never 50 40 37
    Seldom 53 37 40
    Monthly 55 46 39
    Nearly weekly 585037
    weekly634939

    While republicans get a strong benefit from church attendance, and independents a moderate one, the democrats figures hardly change at all. It would be interesting to see how these figures would depend on the type of church attended. (Although, as others have suggested, self assessment might not be the best method of determining mental health).

  9. 9 I'd rather not say December 3, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    The whole point of the study was that they controlled for income among other factors and the trends were the same. Republicans, Independents and Democrats across levels of income, church attendance and education manifested the same tendency. So your comment doesn’t hold much water.

    OK, so we Democrats are just a bunch of grumpy Augustinians with a low view of human nature, including our own?

    As tempting as it would be for me to crow, being on the Republican side, it would just be playing into the cheap shot politics and sensationalistic headlines I despise.

    Aw, c’mon. In principle, I too am opposed to cheap shots–but can’t we indulge just once in awhile, especially between friends?

  10. 10 RoyIII December 3, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    Ah, the Rebublicans are just in denial!

  11. 11 RoyIII December 3, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    That would be “Republicans”…

  12. 12 Matthew December 3, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    I tend to think of myself as an Independent, but I’d give serious thought to being a Rebublican.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s





%d bloggers like this: