Why Are Conservatives Happier Than Liberals?

  title={Why Are Conservatives Happier Than Liberals?},
  author={J. L. Napier and J. Jost},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={565 - 572}
  • J. L. Napier, J. Jost
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychological Science
  • In this research, we drew on system-justification theory and the notion that conservative ideology serves a palliative function to explain why conservatives are happier than liberals. Specifically, in three studies using nationally representative data from the United States and nine additional countries, we found that right-wing (vs. left-wing) orientation is indeed associated with greater subjective well-being and that the relation between political orientation and subjective well-being is… CONTINUE READING
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