First we computed how "red" or "blue" a state was by looking at the percentage of votes given to each party during the 2016 Presidential election.
Then we used Excel's "correlation" function to correlate each trait with how red or blue a state was.
Correlation returns a value between -1 and 1, with 0 being completely uncorrelated.
It seems like both have some advantages. Why do you figure the red states are worse?
Also, from many past comments that QM has made, I assume that he thinks high population density is a bad thing. But as a matter of personal preference I would much rather live in a big, well-connected city than on a farm somewhere with my nearest neighbor being 5 miles away. I understand other people thinking differently.
I agree that Happines hardly correlates with standard of living, but it’s still happiness right? If religion brings the red states more delusional happiness, its still happiness.
And as you say: ignorance is bliss. That bliss is still great for the people experiencing it :)
Edit: you might want to update an 11 year old study.
I'll go out on a limb and suggest that people's self-described happiness is more related to an individual's outlook on life rather than being tied to work/wealth/healthcare.
I do think this will happen since what motivates whites to adopt identity politics will become even more pronounced in the future. That is to say, as whites become less and less of a majority, they will feel more and more threatened, compelling them to truly band together to remove said threats, whether real or imagined.
I'd like to say that this is not a new phenomenon; every single anti-immigration act in the past 200 years was because whites in a state felt threatened by immigrants "taking their jobs", and similar sentiment caused Jim Crow laws + lynchings + massacres against blacks.
How the political parties adapt to this future will be interesting, to say the least, but not really my concern.
KEEP AMERICA GREAT