Milo asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 2 years ago

Are conservatives significantly more generous when it comes to charity?

Update:

The Philanthropy Chronicle analyzed the itemized charity deductions on the tax returns of hundreds of millions of Americans between and found that poorer conservatives gave more money to charity than wealthy liberals.

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  • 2 years ago
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    When it comes to giving to charity, Republicans in the United States on the whole are more generous than just about any other people on the planet.

    Republican states are more generous than Democratic states by a wide margin. In GOP states like Utah and Mississippi, families donate more than seven percent of their income to charity. In liberal New England states like Massachusetts, the number is less than half that.

    The same holds for the nation’s 50 biggest metropolitan areas. The Chronicle found that residents of Salt Lake City, Memphis, and Birmingham, Ala., typically give at least 7 percent of their discretionary income to charity, while those in Boston and Providence average less than 3 percent.

    An interactive tool on philanthropy.com shows the counties that give the most and the visual is stunning: Western and southern Republican states are a deep green, indicating high rates of charitable giving. Liberal New England states? Not so much.

    I once read that people in socialist countries rarely donate to charities, because they are used to the government paying for everything so they don't feel any obligation to contribute out of their own pockets. Since liberals lean towards socialism, that may explain the disparity.

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  • Alan H
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    On the whole,the opposite tends to apply.

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  • lare
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    hard to know since Trump won't show his tax returns.

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  • Andy F
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    Apparently this is true, at least in term of averages. I wonder if the averages capture all the variation in how people give, though.

    I know very liberal Quakers, Jews and Catholics who have dedicated their whole lives to what they think is the welfare of other people. Also some highly dedicated socialist atheists who spend lots of time and money on "the cause," although not necessarily on charitable donations, because they don't think charity can cure what's wrong with society.

    What the statistics seem to show, however, is that religious conservatives in particular give big proportions of their incomes to charity. Liberals seem to give less.

    My personal hunch is that liberals are more individualistic than religious conservatives, both in good ways and bad ways. They're probably less likely to be "sheep" in terms of conforming to the crowd. But also less likely to be supporters of collective institutions such as the family, the church, and even the local football team.

    Ironically, conservatives are better "collectivists," and this makes them better contributors to charity.

    -- democratic socialist

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  • Jo5
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    2 years ago

    yes

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  • 2 years ago

    Yes.

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  • 2 years ago

    No, and be careful when a con shows you a statistic that says they are as it usually includes tithing.

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    I think it’s about even.

    Conservative most likely go through churches for example, while liberals would go through public events like marathons or social media charities.

    I believe Americans on the whole are pretty charitable.

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Studies suggest that conservatives contribute more to faith-based charities. However, liberals are more tolerant of taxes to support social programs.

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Statistically yes. Probably because they work hard so they have more money to give.

    • Cindy LGPB
      Lv 7
      2 years agoReport

      Which is total rubbish.

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