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Are Democrats More Depressed Than Republicans? BuzzFeed and SurveyMonkey Find Out…

Are Democrats More Depressed Than Republicans? BuzzFeed and SurveyMonkey Find Out…

After the week the Obama administration has faced, depression seems like an unfortunate inevitability for the Democratic Party. Scandals aside, are Democrats actually more likely to be depressed because of their political affiliation?

Republicans and Democrats are deeply divided over just about every social, economic, and political issue–perhaps that extends to other mental and behavioral disorders as well.

In order to better understand what role politics play in mental health, we partnered with our friends at BuzzFeed to get some answers. Using SurveyMonkey Audience, we surveyed over 1100 Americans to find out.

So, who’s more likely to have anxiety? Which party has a higher rate of Dyslexia? Check out the infographic below for the breakdown by political party. To see the rest of the results, read on at BuzzFeed.

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  • jody

    My question is this…Out of the 1100 surveyed, what percentage, of the 1100, were republican, democrat, or other? This information makes a difference in how the graph is interpreted, or if it’s misleading.

    Also….where was the survey given? Throughout the U.S.? In a pocket population? Just in California? In Ohio and Indiana only? At a university? Somewhere in your hometown?

    What age groups does the survey represent? All of them? Ages ranging from 36 – 61? College students? High school graduates? And then, are they equally represented? Or, don’t you know?

    What is the socioeconomic background of the respondents? Are most middle class, lower class? Working class? And again, what percentage of each?

    Additionally, what races or ethnic groups were represented? Caucasion only? African Americans? Both? If mixed, what percentage of each group? Could all the democrats surveyed be one race, while republicans another?


    Are the people who took the survey registered voters?
    Which respondents are college graduates?
    *(It is possible that the majority of republicans surveyed are college graduates and the majority of democrats surveyed are not?) In which case, you have to ask the question, would the results be the same if the opposite were true?
    What is the socioeconomic background of the democrats surveyed compared to the socioeconomic background of the republicans?

    The list goes on and on. The variables are just about endless.
    Without a “proper” study; one that can PROVE to be reliable,valid, fair, legitimate, etc., etc., etc., the data above is useless and thus far, hasn’t proved a thing — except that it’s possible to take an online survey. Results…are a WHOLE different matter.

    • Kayte K

      Hi Jody,

      These are excellent questions and thoughts. Thank you for the feedback! The survey was distributed throughout the US and ranged in age from 18-60 years old. Respondents identified themselves as either Republican/Democrat or as neither/something else and results were about evenly split. If we have another opportunity for a survey like this, we’ll definitely consider including these additional points.

      Thanks for reading. :)

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