- Paying one's fair share of taxes is a more important facet of good citizenship in the United States than in the rest of the world:
- According to the global survey respondents, the most important factor in being a good citizen today is behaving ethically and responsibly (cited as a top-three factor by 68% of the total global sample), followed by being self-sufficient/taking care of one's family (54%) and being a responsible consumer (36%).
- However, Americans strayed from the pack in this regard: Whereas they agreed that behaving ethically and being self-sufficient are the most important aspects of good citizenship, they rounded out their top three with paying one's fair share of taxes. Clearly, the notion that the tax burden is unevenly shared has become a sticking point—although it varies a bit by political affiliation: Democrats and Independents cited taxes as a top-three factor, whereas Republicans consider voting a stronger mark of good citizenship than paying one's fair share of the tax burden.
- Americans also place less import on curbing one's carbon footprint: Globally, a majority of the sample (56%) believe that a person who recycles regularly is a better citizen than someone who votes in every election but doesn't make an effort to reduce his or her waste. In the United States, only 36% of respondents agreed with that statement, with independents least likely to agree (28%) and Democrats most likely to do so (46%).
- Americans want businesses to step in where government has failed:
- Two-thirds of Americans believe that the more powerful corporations become, the more obligated they are to behave ethically and with the public interest in mind. Almost as many (73% of Democrats and 60% of Republicans) go so far as to say that businesses bear as much responsibility as government for driving positive social change.
- Nearly half the total U.S. sample (49%) and 6 in 10 Democrats expect corporations to play an increasingly vital role in addressing the world's major problems. And 51% (65% of Democrats vs. 45% of Republicans) would like their favorite brands/companies to play a bigger role in their local communities.
- This doesn't mean Americans want their elected representatives out of the picture: 7 in 10 want corporations and government to work together to make the world a better place.
Study: Americans Say Business --Not Government-- Holds The Most Power To Create Change
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