Are conservatives happier than liberals? New comprehensive research offers fresh insights

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Two studies—a survey spanning 19 countries and a longitudinal study in Chile—examined whether political conservatives typically have higher scores than liberals on well-being measures such as life satisfaction and happiness. After accounting for sociodemographic factors, conservatism was not linked to well-being in either study. The findings were recently published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Conservatives and liberals are two major political ideologies that differ in their views on government, society, and individual rights. Conservatives generally favor limited governm…

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