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article imageStudy: Red states give more to charity than blue states

By Larry Clifton     Aug 20, 2012 in Politics
It seems those in the U.S. who back Obama for president are among the least generous when it comes to supporting charities.
While a recent Democrat ad had a conservative government pushing granny over a cliff in her wheelchair, it turns out Red states, those with a Republican/Independent conservative base, are more generous to charities.
Conversely, the surveys shows those in the U.S. who back Obama for president are among the least generous when it comes to supporting charities according to a new study published Monday.
Eight states that supported Sen. John McCain over Barack Obama gave highest share of their income to charities. Conversely, the seven least generous states went for President Barack Obama in 2008. The study was done by Chronicle of Philanthropy from its latest survey of tax data from the IRS for 2008.
Residents in Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Idaho, Arkansas and Georgia, all backers of McCain in 2008, gave the most to the needy. Utah topped the charitable list at 10.6 percent of income.
The states that gave the least to charitable causes are Wisconsin, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire – all Obama supporters in 2008.
According to the Chronicle, at 2.5 percent, New Hampshire residents shared the least of their income with charities. “The reasons for the discrepancies among states, cities, neighborhoods are rooted in part in each area’s political philosophy about the role of government versus charity,” the study’s authors noted.
The survey showed “religion has a big influence on giving patterns.” “Regions of the country that are deeply religious are more generous than those that are not.
Two of the top nine states—Utah and Idaho—have high numbers of Mormon residents, who have a tradition of tithing at least 10 percent of their income to the church,” the study states. “The remaining states in the top nine are all in the Bible Belt.”
Tax data from the IRS for 2008 was used by the Chronicle of Philanthropy in the study. The Chronicle said “to account for sharp differences in the cost of living across America” the study “compared generosity rates after residents paid taxes, housing, food, and other necessities.”
Only taxpayers earning an income of $50,000 or more were used in the study, according to an ABC report.
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