70% of Americans have been generous during time of political division

December 21, 2017

Whether you agree or not with the Trump administration, this season of political division is prompting many Americans to respond with acts of generosity, based on findings of a World Vision annual Holiday Giving Survey released on December 19. .

Conducted online by the Harris Poll among more than 2,000 U.S. adults, the poll found that the majority of Americans (69%) have extended an act of generosity this year in direct reaction to the current political standoff.

Adults ages 18-34 and ages 65+ are more likely than those ages 55-64 to have given this year as a result of the current political climate in the U.S. (73% and 71% versus 62%, respectively).

Among the high-level findings of the 2017 survey are the following:

  • Roughly one-third of Americans (34%) made a financial donation to a disaster relief cause in 2017, while nearly 3 in 10 have encouraged someone else to extend an act of generosity (29%) or say someone has extended an act of generosity towards them (29%);
  • Roughly two-thirds of Americans (65%) believe that the current political climate in the U.S. has caused some Americans to become less generous;
  • The majority of Americans (88%) consider themselves to be generous; and
  • Nearly half of Americans (46%) believe that, overall, are more generous now than they were two years ago.

World Vision has successfully encouraged it supporters to participate in its #ShineBright movement—a bold effort to spark more than a million acts of generosity before New Year’s Day. The organization already has documented over 1.2 million generous deeds during 2017—and counting!

“Giving is good for our souls, and Americans understand that,” said World Vision U.S.Ppresident Rich Stearns. “I’m not surprised that a time of division in our country sparks ‘the better angels of our nature,’ as Abraham Lincoln spoke about, by caring for each other and reaching out to those in need.”

Research contact: jcruz@worldvision.org

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