Most Americans unengaged in typhoon relief efforts

  • Updated: November 19, 2013 - 7:30 PM

 

One in three overseas Filipinos lives in the United States and the U.S. government is leading the international relief effort after Typhoon Haiyan, but most Americans are tuned out of the disaster’s aftermath, the Pew Research Center reported Tuesday.

A Nov. 14-17 survey of 1,013 U.S. adults found less than a third of them were following the consequences of the monster storm, the Pew pollsters found. Even fewer, 14 percent, said they had contributed to disaster relief, although donations typically tend to be slow in the early days after a devastating storm or earthquake, the researchers noted. An additional 17 percent of those polled said they planned to send money to help the victims of Haiyan.

General interest in the Philippines disaster and limited humanitarian response were low compared with Americans’ reactions to other recent disasters, the Pew report said. The researchers drew no conclusions as to why the disaster has failed to galvanize as much empathy or charitable response as other recent disasters.

Los Angeles Times

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