- Religion is the overwhelmingly dominant factor in predicting generosity “”religious liberals and religious conservatives are identical.
- “Religious“ is defined by Brooks as individuals who attend worship service at least once a week (30% of the population) and;
- “Secular“ is defined by Brooks as people either don’t believe in a deity, or attend a place of worship one or less times per year.
- Religious people are 25% more likely to donate money than secular people
- Religious people are 23% more likely to volunteer, and even within the population of people who volunteer, religious people devote twice as much time.
- Conservative people give more money. Possibly a correlation as religious people are conservative.
- Political Affiliation (e.g. Democrat vs Republican) itself isn’t the predictor.
I believe it is worth pointing out that the definitions of “Religious” and “Secular” are polarized on opposite ends of the spectrum. There are many who perhaps attend a religious service once a month who would not fit either category as defined by Brooks.
All data from Who Really Cares – Compassionate Conservatism on Amazon.