Righties More Likely to Rationalize Way to Happiness

Social, economic disparities weigh more heavily on liberals, study finds
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 9:17 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Conservative people are happier than liberal ones, a fact explained by righties’ ability to rationalize society's socioeconomic gaps, a study finds. Conservatives are more likely to express sentiments like, “It is not really that big a problem if some people have more of a chance in life than others.” Lefties are often left frustrated by status inequality, LiveScience reports.

Said the researchers, “inequality takes a greater psychological toll on liberals than on conservatives, apparently because liberals lack ideological rationalizations that would help them frame inequality in a positive (or at least neutral) light.”