Would anyone argue that the Mormon Church is dominated by Republicans? I would assume not, especially considering that the last Republican candidate was Mormon (but just in case you want to argue: Top Mormon church posts dominated by registered Republicans) The Chronicle of Philanthropy released a fascinating survey a couple of years back on how (and how much) America donates to charitable organizations. Topping the journal’s list of most generous states is Utah. Four of Utah’s cities headed up the list of U.S. metropolitan areas when it comes to percentage of discretionary income given to charity. Households in Provo, Utah, give away the most as a percentage — 13.9% of discretionary income. For the state as a whole, 10.6% of Utah’s discretionary income goes to charity. But Utah is a bit of an outlier. The rest of the more generous states are dominated by the South (Another strong Republican Region) – the country’s most Christian region and another faith that regularly emphasizes tithing 10%. Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina round out the top five.
And you wanna know the kicker? The more generous states voted for Sen. John McCain in 2008, while the seven-lowest ranking ones voted for then-Sen. Barack Obama.
How Religious Affiliation Affects Charitable Giving
As I stated before, you are confusing political beliefs, with personal ones. So while you may be correct that conservatives don't believe in giving government handouts, they do however believe in helping one another which is clearly demonstrated above.