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August 19, 2012

The Politics of Giving

The nation's sharp political divide can provide a clue to fundraisers: The eight states whose residents gave the biggest share of discretionary income to charity voted for John McCain in the last presidential contest while the seven lowest-ranking states supported Barack Obama.

State Median share of discretionary income donated to charity Winner
Utah 10.6% John McCain
Mississippi 7.2% John McCain
Alabama 7.1% John McCain
Tennessee 6.6% John McCain
South Carolina 6.4% John McCain
Idaho 6.4% John McCain
Arkansas 6.3% John McCain
Georgia 6.2% John McCain
North Carolina 5.9% Barack Obama
Maryland 5.7% Barack Obama
Oklahoma 5.6% John McCain
Louisiana 5.3% John McCain
Texas 5.1% John McCain
Virginia 4.8% Barack Obama
Kentucky 4.8% John McCain
Kansas 4.8% John McCain
New York 4.7% Barack Obama
Arizona 4.6% John McCain
Florida 4.6% Barack Obama
Oregon 4.6% Barack Obama
Indiana 4.5% Barack Obama
New Mexico 4.5% Barack Obama
Michigan 4.5% Barack Obama
Hawaii 4.5% Barack Obama
California 4.4% Barack Obama
Missouri 4.4% John McCain
Delaware 4.4% Barack Obama
Alaska 4.3% John McCain
Illinois 4.2% Barack Obama
Colorado 4.2% Barack Obama
Wyoming 4.2% John McCain
Nebraska 4.1% John McCain
Washington 4.1% Barack Obama
Minnesota 4.1% Barack Obama
South Dakota 4.1% John McCain
Ohio 4.1% Barack Obama
Montana 4.0% John McCain
West Virginia 3.9% John McCain
Pennsylvania 3.9% Barack Obama
Iowa 3.9% Barack Obama
Nevada 3.9% Barack Obama
New Jersey 3.7% Barack Obama
North Dakota 3.5% John McCain
Wisconsin 3.4% Barack Obama
Connecticut 3.3% Barack Obama
Rhode Island 3.1% Barack Obama
Massachusetts 2.8% Barack Obama
Vermont 2.8% Barack Obama
Maine 2.8% Barack Obama
New Hampshire 2.5% Barack Obama