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New studies reveal happiest people living in politically conservative states

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New studies of income tax levels and happiness ratings reveal an advantage of living in conservative leaning states over more liberal localities.

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Specifically, five of the seven states that do not levy income taxes include conservative leaning Alaska, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Florida and Nevada are slightly leaning conservative in 2014 according to Gallup. Wyoming holds the top spot in the nation against Barack Obama’s performance, with 70.1 percent disapproval rating. Almost 60 percent of South Dakota voters disapprove of Obama’s performance.

Conservative states like South Dakota (71.3%), Texas (69%), Alaska (65.9%), Florida (61.9%) and Wyoming (60.7%) have the highest percentage of state residents who say the city or area where they live is getting better as a place to live.

Liberal states such as Rhode Island (48.6%), New Jersey (52.6), New York (54.4), Connecticut (54.8), Illinois (55.2%), Delaware (55.4%) and New Mexico (55.6%) have the lowest percentage of residents who say their area is getting to be a better place to live, according to Gallup.

Researchers at Harvard University and the University of British Columbia, using data from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows most of the happiest locations in American are conservative areas. Some of the most unhappiest cities include New York City, St. Joseph, Missouri; Toledo, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Jersey City, New Jersey; Gary, Indiana; and Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, Pennsylvania.

“Nearly all of the unhappiest places in the nation lean heavily Democratic when it comes to voting,” revealed Caroline Schaeffer of the Independent Journal Review.

According to recent studies by the Tax Foundation and the Heritage Foundation, these states record the highest top income tax rates and the highest rates for the middle class:

The solid blue, or Democrat leaning states of California, Oregon, and Maine lead the nation with the highest top income tax rates in the country at 13.3, 9.9 and 9 percent respectively. With the highest top income tax rate in the nation, California takes more from its top earners than any other state.

Oregon middle class citizens pay over 52 percent of their income to government when federal and state income tax are totaled. Maine’s combined rate for federal and state taxes takes 51.8 percent of citizen’s paycheck.

In Main, California, and Oregon, respectively, 15.6, 15.2, and 14.3 percent of employed residents say their employers are letting people go and reducing the size of their workforces.

Hawaii, where 54 percent of the voters favor Democrats, holds the second highest title for sales and excise tax per capita, raking in $2,394 on average. Their middle class income tax rate is 7.6 percent. The percent of working Hawaiians who believe unemployment is growing is 12.1. The percentage of state residents who are employed by federal, state, or local government is 21.8.

Over 40 percent of Iowans lean liberal at they remain in the top five of all states with the highest income tax rates. They are number one in ranking for their highest corporate income tax rate at 12 percent.

New Jersey, whose tax rate for middle class is 8.97 percent, also has the highest property tax rates in the United States. Over 48 percent of their voters lean liberal. The percentage of employed state residents who say their employers are letting people go and reducing the size of their workforces in New Jersey is 17.2 percent.

According to Gallup, “For income tax collections per capita in 2011, the Tax Foundation reports that New York leads the pack at $1,864 per person. The next four in line are: Connecticut ($1,808), Massachusetts ($1,765), Oregon ($1,425) and Minnesota ($1,404).”

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