Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 8 years ago

Why are Conservatives more "liberal" givers to those in need?

--conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household (while on avg making 6% less income)

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

-- Residents of the states that voted for John Kerry in 2004 gave smaller percentages of their incomes to charity than did residents of states that voted for George Bush.

-- Bush carried 24 of the 25 states where charitable giving was above average.

-- In the 10 reddest states, in which Bush got more than 60 percent majorities, the average percentage of personal income donated to charity was 3.5. Residents of the bluest states, which gave Bush less than 40 percent, donated just 1.9 percent.

******* 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. *****

Brooks demonstrates a correlation between charitable behavior and "the values that lie beneath" liberal and conservative labels. Two influences on charitable behavior are religion and attitudes about the proper role of government.


Seems Liberals are only "liberal" with other people's money.

10 Answers

  • John
    Lv 6
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Complete crock.

    Brooks uses the example of comparing the giving habits of those living in San Francisco to those living in South Dakota. He says that those in SF make much more money than those in ND, but that the two groups give the same amount in "charity." One can easily use a cost of living calculator to find out that the average income in SF is roughly the same as that in a random city in South Dakota--adjusted for cost of living. He then completely defeats his argument by reminding us that of the ONE THIRD of charity that goes to religious sacramental functions, almost ALL of that is paid by those people whose were "taught to tithe" like the pious Dakotans that he praises so much.

    At which point we might well conclude that the opposite of the assertion made by the author is true

  • bidell
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    nicely, an similar case may be made about CNN having the right. the placement isn't the "truth" because any determination that ought to require all proclaims by potential of a information source to be surely factually precise ought to dissuade any source from providing coverage of activities. there is evidently and inherently a bias in human interplay and truth is ambiguous in a loose society. i do not trust we may pick to stay in a subculture that got here upon otherwise.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Yes. We all need to give (according to our ability) to all (according to their need)!

    But poor people need food and shelter, the way to God is and always will be free.

    A donation to a church is not a donation to charity that helps the poor. Most all that money goes to the perpetuation of the church and its values, both good and bad.

  • 8 years ago

    That is a blatant lie!

    The countries who give most to foreign aid are all so called socialists by Americans. The US who is a capitalist nation ranks No 18!

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  • Matt
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    because liberals are selfish, they don't want to give money, but if they are in need they sure as hell wants to be supported by the rest of us! they preach helping eachother out but they only care about others helping them! i am conservative! (for the most part, i don't agree with these retarded wars, that are illegal)

  • 8 years ago

    Because Conservatives believe in the compassion of the individual and not the authoritative strong-arm of the government.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Your measurements are based on deductible contributions to 501(c)(3) organizations, not actual charity. The money that conservatives give to colleges and universities as well as their churches is counted in those numbers. But giving to your mega-church or to your university endowment isn't really charity. Not even close.

    The main reason for this apparent disparity is that conservatives are far more likely to go to church and donate a portion of their incomes to churches. But the pastor's 6-bedroom house is not a charity.

  • Robert
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    Because liberals are hypocrites

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Conscience & morals go a lot farther to actually help than a desire to have something to talk about at a cocktail party.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Sam is right, you have provided some "fuzzy" data there...

    There is actually NO verifiable data to suggest that generosity is in any way linked with political persuasion...

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