Voters Value Community Service More Than Political Engagement

Eighty-nine percent (89%) of voters nationwide believe that volunteering for community activities has a bigger positive impact than engaging in political campaigns. A survey also found that 94% believe that giving to charity is a better use of money than giving to a political campaign (see question wording and crosstabs).

Not only that, voters live out that belief with the use of their time. Over the past year, the single most common political activity involved very little personal involvement: 15% have displayed a political sign or bumper sticker. During that same time frame, a larger number have volunteered to help the poor (31%), volunteered at a church or religious event (28%), given blood (23%), or volunteered with a school organization (22%).

This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted September 9-10, 2018 for by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. We will track these expectations again as the campaign season progresses.

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.

Rather than seeking political solutions to every problem, voters recognize that there is far more to governing society than formal government. A recent example of this is the 55% believe Facebook has too much power but just 21% want the federal government to regulate social media giants. I expand on these themes in my latest book, The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will NotIt explains why I am so optimistic about America’s future despite deep pessimism about our political system.

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Beyond displaying a political sign, the most common political engagement also requires little personal effort: 13% have written a check to at least one political campaign.

More voters have undertaken the heavy lifting of coaching a youth sports team (9%) or organizing a charity drive (8%) than have volunteered for a political campaign (6%). Eight percent (8%), however, have attended a campaign rally and 7% have attended a Town Hall meeting or had some other meeting with a Member of Congress.

Data released earlier shows that just 26% of voters are following news of the midterm elections Very Closely.

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