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45 percent of Republicans said they were very happy, compared with 30 percent of Democrats. Republicans have been happier in surveys going back to 1972, the Pew study notes.
I have an explanation. "Ignorance is bliss."
Democrats are less happy than Republicans due to a certain cynicism comprising 3 parts: lack of trust (or faith), a sense of not being able to control destiny, and a belief that capitalism is inherently unjust and inequitable. At least, this is the theory of Joe Fried according to his book, Democrats and Republicans - Rhetoric and Reality.
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