USA TODAY Poll: Giving – Haiti vs. Chile

According to USA TODAY article “Poll: More donated to Haiti than to Chile after quakes,” a recent USA TODAY/Gallup poll found that nearly half (45%) of respondents donated money to Haiti earthquake relief efforts, whereas less than one third (28%) of respondents donated to Chile aid work for the earthquake that struck the South American nation just more than a month later.

The article discusses several possible reasons for the disparity, but according to those who directly donated to Haiti efforts, 87% of them said they gave based on the amount of the country’s damage, and 73% gave based on the island nation’s dire economic state.

What factors affect you when considering donating to disaster relief? Did you donate to efforts in Haiti or Chile, and why or why not? What do you think about the poll’s direct and implied findings?


The Salvation Army is actively working in the earthquake devastated communities of both Haiti and Chile, serving human need without discrimination. We have been present in Haiti since 1950, operating schools, clinics, hospital, feeding programs, children’s homes and church-related activities across the country. The Salvation Army has also been present and active in Chile since 1909, offering educational outreach, childcare programs, skills training, and anti-drug programs.

2 Comments on “USA TODAY Poll: Giving – Haiti vs. Chile

  1. I gave to both. Haiti’s need seems greater due to the severity of loss of life, and damage compared to Chile. However I also gave to Chile, as their needs are just as valid. My parents are missionaries that live in Santiago, Chile, so obviously the earthquakes there had a greater impact on me than it probably did most Americans.

  2. Thanks for your feedback, Jonathan. And we certainly hope your family is safe and well cared for in Chile!

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