Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Happiness is a Warm...Republican?

Two maps. You draw your own conclusion.

First, happy. Darker orange is happier, lighter is sad.

Then, Congressional districts that elected a Republican in 2010 (red is Repub, of course):

The happiest man in the US, in terms of statistical prediction. The scoop:

The New York Times asked Gallup to come up with a statistical composite for the happiest person in America, based on the characteristics that most closely correlated with happiness in 2010. Men, for example, tend to be happier than women, older people are happier than middle-aged people, and so on.

Gallup’s answer: he’s a tall, Asian-American, observant Jew who is at least 65 and married, has children, lives in Hawaii, runs his own business and has a household income of more than $120,000 a year. A few phone calls later and ...

Meet Alvin Wong. He is a 5-foot-10, 69-year-old, Chinese-American, Kosher-observing Jew, who’s married with children and lives in Honolulu. He runs his own health care management business and earns more than $120,000 a year.

That man is clearly a Republican.

(Nod to Anonyman, who once thought he was a Republican, but decided he hated being happy...)


Adam said...

The happiest man in America doesn't eat bacon? Preposterous.

Anonymous said...

WV, VA, KY, TN, AR, AL, MI, MO are pretty unhappy and solidly red?

The only thing I conclude is that rural=happier (based on the swath from the Dakotas to Washington down to NM, plus VT and NH).

Jeff Westcott said...

That ain't a 2010 election result map.

Gerardo said...

Indeed, Wisconsin is all blue instead of bright red.