Boris noticed this report from Gallup:
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.
The basic data — based on an aggregated sample of more than 4,000 interviews conducted since 2004 — are straightforward.
One could be quick to assume that these differences are based on the underlying demographic and socioeconomic patterns related to party identification in America today. . . . But an analysis of the relationship between party identification and self-reported excellent mental health within various categories of age, gender, church attendance, income, education, and other variables shows that the basic pattern persists regardless of these characteristics.
[Similar graphs follow by sex, age, and church attendance, followed by a multiple regression.]
This comes as a surprise to me. I would’ve expected the opposite–I associate Democrats with the “self-esteem” concept and Republicans with a grimmer, more conservative view of the world. I wonder what the time trends are on this.
P.S. As Matt suggests in comments, this might be a regional thing. I’d also like to see it broken down by urban/suburban/rural.