Monday, October 4, 2010

Surprise! Conservatives make for the more generous donators

"On the surface, the notion that liberals are the world’s most charitable individuals could easily be accepted. After all, many on the left talk quite a bit about helping the poor and providing social safety nets."

The findings:

-Conservatives donate about 30 percent more than do liberals (though, on average, conservatives earn less than liberals.)

-Conservatives are 17 percent more likely than their liberal counterparts to donate blood.

-In 2004, George W. Bush carried 24 out of 25 of the states in which charitable giving exceeded the national average.

"[I]t’s no secret that liberals are more prone to accept the notion that it’s the government’s responsibility to provide direct services to the people. While conservatives are by no means opposed to essential state-sponsored programs, they place a higher value on personal responsibility and the building of self-driven social capital."

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