Twenty-three percent (23%) of voters have given blood over the past year while just 6% have volunteered for a political campaign. In fact, they are far more willing to give of their time to a wide variety of community activities than to even display a political bumper sticker or yard sign.
That’s because they overwhelmingly believe that volunteering for community activities is the best way to have a positive impact. Ninety-four percent(94%) also believe that giving to charity is a better use of money than giving to a political campaign.
This and other data strongly suggests that voters have a healthy perspective on the nation’s future. They accept the reality that culture and technology lead the nation forward, politics and politicians lag behind. Eighty-three percent (83%) recognize that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have had a bigger impact on the world we live in than Presidents of the United States. Sixty-one percent (61%) believe that new technologies will have a bigger impact on our future than the federal government. This view is shared by people of all ages, all races, from all parts of the country, and across all partisan lines.
I expand on these themes in my latest book, The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not. It explains why I am so optimistic about America’s future despite deep pessimism about our political system.