In the journal Personality and Individual Differences, the researchers describe a study featuring 237 Canadian university students. Participants provided a set of opinions to determine the extent to which they are aligned with right-wing authoritarianism—that is, a tendency to submit to authority, condemn those who violate the rules, and uphold established traditions.
This study is out of Ryerson University.
So it must be true. :)
My theory is that it probably has to do with faith.
Even when you're unhappy, you can put it all in God's hands, and you can feel good that he's got your back.
When you have no faith, you tend to despair more and feel the weight of evil in the world.