A new Gallup Poll finds that “Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent.”

Fifty-eight percent of Republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43% of independents and 38% of Democrats. This relationship between party identification and reports of excellent mental health persists even within categories of income, age, gender, church attendance, and education.

Keep in mind that the respondants self reported here. They didn’t take some kind of mental health test and they weren’t analyzed by psychologists.

Mark over at WMD thinks Republicans self-reported having “excellent mental health” because Republicans “have faith” and they “have a moral compass, not a belief in if it feels good, do it.”

I think we can quickly disgard the “moral compass” theory given that the past few years have been so full of scandals involving Republicans making bad choices based on what “feels good” including sex, investment fraud and bribery.

But there might be something to the whole “faith” explanation…

Faith n.
Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.

Blind belief in something without any evidence? Well shit, that sounds just like the Republicans, doesn’t it?

It seems to me that Republicans are just better at self-deception and more likely to believe something IS true because they really, really want it to be.

How about some another examples…

The National Academy of Sciences and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have both concluded that “global warming is unequivocal and that human activity is the main driver.”

A National Journal poll from earlier this year asked members of congress if they believed “the Earth is warming because of man-made problems.” Only 13 percent of Republicans answered yes compared to 95 percent of Democrats.

The Sept. 11 commission concluded that it has found no “collaborative relationship” between Iraq and al Qaeda.

But a Zogby Poll from last September found that 65% of Republicans believe there was a connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 terror attacks. (compared to 32% and 39% for Dems and Independents)

Since Bush took office our trade deficit has doubled, the dollar is at an all-time low, oil prices are soaring and we are in the middle of a credit and housing crisis. Economists say these are “indicators of a looming recession” and the Bush administration needs to change course to prevent it.

Last month a poll from American Research Group found that 70% of Republicans approve of the way Bush is handling the economy while only 27% of independents and 8% of Democrats approve.