Many Americans have made financial contributions to victims of the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. According to the latest Fox News poll, 53 percent of American voters say they have donated money to the relief funds for victims in Haiti, while 18 percent say they have donated to help those in Chile.
Overall, 16 percent — or almost one in six Americans — say they have contributed money to both Haiti and Chile.
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti’s capital on January 12, while an 8.8-magnitude quake hit near Concepcion, Chile on February 27.
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were asked by President Barack Obama to run a fund-raising campaign to provide relief to the victims and help in Haiti’s rebuilding efforts. On March 22, the two former presidents made their first joint visit to Haiti since the quake. As of early March, the Clinton-Bush fund had raised $37 million dollars.
Overall, U.S. donations to Haiti total approximately $1.13 billion dollars, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University (as of March 16, 2010), while total U.S. giving to Chile is at $7 million dollars.
In general, looking at groups and their donations to each country’s earthquake victims, women are more likely than men to have contributed, and those aged 65 and over are more likely than young people under age 35 to have donated.
In addition, a larger number of those living in higher-income households have given money than have those in lower-income households. And those who attend religious services regularly are much more likely than those who attend rarely to have made donations.
The national telephone poll was conducted for Fox News by Opinion Dynamics Corp. among 900 registered voters from March 16 to March 17. For the total sample, the poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.