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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Who Gives More? Conservatives or Liberals?

According to research by Arthur Brooks, which is detailed in his book, the answer is conservatives. Research into IRS tax data from 2008 by the Chronicle of Philanthropy similarly shows that states that had voted republican in the last presidential election gave more to charity that states that supported the democrat.

But new research out of MIT suggests that political views do not predict HOW much a donor will give. Rather it can be a predictor of WHICH causes a donor is more likely to support. This study claims that conservatives are more likely to support religious groups and liberals prefer to support secular groups.

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No matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on (and how you'll feel after tonight's election), there is one thing we can agree on - we can all do our part to continue to support America's philanthropic sector. Just be sure to take the time to find great charities worthy of your support. Then give generously! 

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1 comment:

The Sanity Inspector said...

Some liberals dismiss conservatives giving to religious charities as simple waste. Well, the next time I see the Bertrand Russell Society out among the church groups doing disaster relief will be the first time.