Why Republicans are Happier, Better Looking, Smarter, Wealthier (and even have more friends and better sex) than Democrats
- By Dr. David Eifrig, MD, MBA (a registered Independent)
What I’m about to share will likely tick off more than a few people. But that’s not my intention.
Why is the average Republican wealthier than his Democratic counterpart?
I set out to investigate this idea. What I discovered not only confirmed some well-known stereotypes… but revealed a host of other differences too…
Let me show you…
Why Republicans are Rich and Democrats are Poor
Before I go any further, I’d like to make a couple things clear.
For starters, I’m neither Republican nor Democrat… nor am I really political for that matter either. If I had my druthers, I’d toss them all out of office.
What I am is a former derivatives specialist with Goldman Sachs and a board-eligible ophthalmologist.
Today, I travel the world and write a newsletter called Retirement Millionaire, where I share secrets with my subscribers about how to live better in retirement, such as the “Republican wealth secret” I alluded to earlier, which I’ll explain in greater depth in just a few minutes.
Most people I talk to believe Republicans are richer than Democrats.
That’s not simply a belief. It’s a fact.
According to a study by David K. Park, Ph.D., an assistant professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis:
In every presidential election since 1952, the richer a voter is, the more likely that voter is to vote Republican, regardless of ethnicity, sex, education or age.
And that’s the case with our elected officials too.
The average House Republican made nearly $200,000 more than the average House Democrat, based on data crunched by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Now, at this point, if you’re Republican, you may be wondering why this is.
What predisposes Republicans and Conservatives to making more money?
As I’ve discovered, there may be some serious genetic, neurological, and psychological factors at play.
It’s Not their Fault, They Were Born that Way.
In a study reported in the journal Nature Neuroscience, scientists at NYU and UCLA concluded the brains of conservatives and liberals process information differently.
The Conservative brain naturally blocks “distracting information”… while liberals tend to “take it all in.”
Of course, this explains a lot…
It explains why liberals have a tougher time “rationalizing social and economic inequality,” according to New York University psychologists Jaime Napier and John Tost.
Let me show you what this means with a concrete example. Consider one of the many social programs like welfare. Liberals have pushed laws to allow people to collect unemployment for ninety-nine weeks—almost two years
What’s the incentive for anyone to go back to work when they’re getting a free ride?
But it’s not the Democrats’ fault…
Republicans and Democrats are just wired differently—perhaps even on the genetic level. New research from Harvard suggests that a variant of the dopamine receptor gene – DRD4 – may be responsible for causing individuals to become liberals.
A University of New Mexico professor of psychology named Jacob Vigil suggests a psychological bias…
He studied the psychological differences between Republicans and Democrats in a test group of 701 varied individuals before the 2008 election and made the following determination:
Many of them [Democrats] are victims – victims, often, of childhood trauma, or the perceived victims of a cruel adult world.
In other words, most Democrats and Liberals naturally have a “victim” mindset. So they’re looking for victims everywhere. We see that today in the Obama administration in the many bailouts and handouts.
Just look at the food stamp situation in America:
This year more than 46 million Americans will receive food stamps. That’s roughly 15% of the population! And 45% higher than when Obama took office.
And consider the national debt, which has increased more under Obama than all the Presidents combined from George Washington through George H. W.
Republicans, on the other hand, according to the same study, are by nature more opportunistic.
Republicans tend to find friends who will help them – socially and especially professionally – so Republicans end up searching out more people.
As a result, the average Republican has more money, more friends… and, according to most studies I’ve seen, a greater level of happiness than the average Democrat.
I know, is this really true, you’re probably wondering… Who knows, for certain. But I’m sure you’ve experienced yourself the vast differences between Republicans and Democrats.
Another study, cited in the UK’s Daily Mail, even goes so far as to conclude that conservatives are better looking than liberals. The researcher, Niclas Bergren, writes, “One explanation is that people who are seen or consider themselves to be beautiful tend to be more anti-egalitarian and hence more attracted to right wing politics.”
Which one is Conservative?
Again, is this really true? It’s impossible to know for sure. But I even came across a 5,000 subject study conducted by Binghamton University that claims Republicans have better sex. Now I don’t know how you measure that, but…
My point here is this…
The America of today has split into two camps. I don’t care what you call them – Republican and Democrat, Conservative and Liberal, Individualist and Collectivist, or Capitalist and Socialist.
These folks have vast differences, certainly in their political beliefs and probably in their neurological make-up as well. This type of thing has fascinated me ever since I left Wall Street and went to medical school.
We see these differences in the ever-rising combined tax rate most Americans are subjected to. Did you know the combined tax rate today for a number of Americans is around 50%! There are former Soviet bloc countries that pay less than half as much today. Most Democrats think this is a great idea. Most Republicans hate it.
We also see this difference in the growing numbers of American households receiving direct benefits—whether it’s subsidized housing, workers comp, or unemployment. 49% of Americans live in a home where this is happening.
I don’t know about you, but I see these things happening all around us. They’re too numerous to list all of them here. Some folks love it – they cry for “more handouts, more bailouts, let’s tax the rich”…
And others think we should reduce the size of government and slash taxes and entitlement programs.
In fact, according to a recent Gallup poll, 71% of Democrats think we should redistribute wealth. A nearly identical number of Republicans think we shouldn’t.
- Edward Carels, Ph.D.