Ideology, Religion, and Charity

If liberals are the charitable people and conservatives are greedy and selfish, why is it that though liberals make, on average, 6 percent more than conservatives (using numbers from 2000), conservatives give, on average, 30 percent more to charity?

Why is it that religious people are twice as likely as nonreligious people to volunteer (12 times/year v. 5.8 times) and they give nearly four times as much money ($2,210 v. $642)?

Why, even after adjustments for differences in income, does the average religious household give 14 percent more to nonreligious charities than the average secular household?

Why do conservatives, who make up less than 20 percent of the population, give over one-quarter of the blood?  If liberals and moderates were to give at the rate that conservatives do, the amount of blood collected in the US would increase by 50 percent!


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