Are Republicans Healthier Than Democrats? Posted on March 11, 2009 10:05 PM by Andrew The data appear to say yes, but more work needs to be done to make sense of it all.
I'd suspect a regional effect: Northeasterners are more likely to complain about their health (or anything else) than Southerners. Just a guess.
"[A]fter controlling for…, Republicans were 15% less likely to be smokers."
Would someone please explain what "15% less likely" means and exaltly how it is derived? 15% difference? Wow. I know, I know…I hate such statement.
I think this is completely believable on an individual level. If I personally have never been sick, then I am annoyed at any health care premiums I am forced to pay and, similarly, I'm annoyed at the socialistic health care system we have where I pay because somebody else is sick. When I become sick, I realize that health care is a really big expense even with insurance. I now want a more socialistic system because I realize getting sick was not my fault.
Matt: Maybe so. It's the damn weather, I guess.
Jrhs: You can click thru to the original paper. By 15% less likely, I mean that the probability is reduced by 15% (not 15 percentage points).
Jbn9: I don't disagree with you on the margins, but it's hard for me to believe that this process would have such a large effect in total.