Total number Americans voted in 2012 Presidential election 126,144,000
Illness or disability 14.9
Not interested 13.4
Did not like candidates or issues 12.9
Out of town 8.8
Don’t know 7.0
Registration problems 6.0
Inconvenient polling place 2.7
Transportation problems 2.6
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Table A. Volunteers by selected characteristics, September 2012 through September 2014
- More than 138 million Americans (62.5 percent) also engaged in "informal volunteering" in their communities, which includes helping neighbors with such tasks as watching each other's children, helping with shopping, or house sitting, and more than a third (36.3 percent) are involved in a school, civic, recreational, religious, or other organization.
- The top volunteer activities included fundraising or selling items to raise money (25.4 percent); collecting, preparing, distributing, or serving food (24.2 percent); providing transportation and general labor support (19.6 percent); tutoring and teaching youth (18 percent); mentoring youth (17.3 percent); and lending professional and management expertise (15 percent).
- Volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity as non-volunteers. Nearly eight in 10 (79.2 percent) volunteers donated to charity, compared to four in 10 (40.4 percent) of non-volunteers. Overall, half of all citizens (50.7 percent) donated at least $25 to charity in 2013.