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05.01.13

Study Examines Political Leanings and Donor Behavior
Laurence Sophian

Contrary to conventional wisdom, conservatives and liberals are equally generous in their donation habits, though they do support different causes, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study, “Who Really Gives? Partisanship and Charitable Giving in the United States.” Liberals are much more likely to donate to secular organizations and conservatives give a greater percentage to religious causes, especially their own congregation.

Additionally, charitable contributions fluctuate based on the political landscape. Individuals in Democratic states donate less money to small not-for-profits when a Republican occupies the White House and vice versa. Conversely, having a president of the same party increases the average and total donations to not-for-profits at a state level.

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