Sunday, June 25, 2006

"Miserly Republicans, Unprincipled Democrats"

Well, this is a very interesting survey about Democrat and Republican attitudes toward race and charitable giving in the aftermath of Huuricane Katrina. Here's just a small flavor of the article in, of all places, the Washington Post:
Democrats and independents were far more generous; on average, they gave Katrina victims on average more than $1,500 a month, compared with $1,200 for Republicans, and for 13 months instead of nine.
But for Democrats, race mattered -- and in a disturbing way. Overall, Democrats were willing to give whites about $1,500 more than they chose to give to a black or other minority. (Even with this race penalty, Democrats still were willing to give more to blacks than those principled Republicans.) "Republicans are likely to be more stringent, both in terms of money and time, Iyengar said. "However, their position is 'principled' in the sense that it stems from a strong belief in individualism (as opposed to handouts). Thus their responses to the assistance questions are relatively invariant across the different media conditions. Independents and Democrats, on the other hand, are more likely to be affected by racial cues."

So, for Democrats, race matters in a negative way. I have news for you, that's ALWAYS been the case with Democrats. To prove this point read this, this, Lorie Byrd contributes this, and this from Real Clear Politics is also worth a read.

James Taranto has an excellent synopsis of the WaPo article.

Hat tip to my friend, Kathy at HRP for bringing these articles to my attention.

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