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Republicans give a bigger share of their incomes to charity?

Author, Arthur C. Brooks finds that religious conservatives are far more charitable than secular liberals, and that those who support the idea that government should redistribute income are among the least likely to dig into their own wallets to help others. Some of his findings have been touched on elsewhere by other scholars, but Mr. Brooks, a professor of public administration at Syracuse University, breaks new ground in amassing information from 15 sets of data.

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:30 AM on Feb. 18, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • -- Although liberal families' incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227).

    -- Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.

    -- his book, Mr. Brooks examines giving among the poor. When looking at households with equivalent income, the working poor give three times as much as welfare recipients. Mr. Brooks writes that the very act of receiving welfare may make recipients more liberal — and hence less likely to give.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:31 AM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • -- People who reject the idea that "government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality" give an average of four times more than people who accept that proposition.

    -- In the 10 reddest states,(Republican), the average percentage of personal income donated to charity was 3.5.
    --Residents of the bluest states, (Democrats), donated just 1.9 percent.
    Source: Arthur Brooks,, a professor at Syracuse University

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:35 AM on Feb. 18, 2010


    -- People who give money charitably are 43 percent more likely to say they are “very happy” than nongivers and 25 percent more likely than nongivers to say their health is excellent or very good.
    -- A religious person is 57% more likely than a secularist to help a homeless person.
    -- Conservative households in America donate 30% more money to charity each year than liberal households.
    If liberals gave blood like conservatives do, the blood supply in the U.S. would jump by about 45%.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:39 AM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • Are you suprised?

    Answer by Carpy at 8:40 AM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • --There is a huge “charity gap” that follows religion: On average, religious people are far more generous than secularists with their time and money. This is not just because of giving to churches—religious people are more generous than secularists towards explicitly non-religious charities as well. They are also more generous in informal ways, such as giving money to family members, and behaving honestly.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:40 AM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • Op here. I am Carpy. I am a relgious moderate liberal and I would have guessed liberals gave more.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:42 AM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • Liberals like to give away money, just not their own.

    Answer by Carpy at 8:53 AM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • Fascinating facts. Thanks for the info.


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:59 AM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • Are we LABELING again? Putting people into stereotypical groups and judging?
    Do I care? NO.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:19 AM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • I would be curious to know the % of tax evaders that are liberals... And no, not just Obama's cabinet and liberal politicians... ;o)


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:20 AM on Feb. 18, 2010

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