Is Compassion for others who have less slipping away in the U.s.?

I read an article yesterday in “Christianity Today” that reported on a survey taken with 4000 delegates to an international conference. The conference was held in South Africa last October and attended by evangelical Christians from around the world.
This is what I found interesting in the report. What do you think? “81% of all leaders said the government must take care of very poor people who cannot take care of themselves. Only 56% of U.S. leaders agreed.”
Why this difference with leaders of the U.S.? Is it because there is the belief that the government has no place in caring for the poor? Or, do we believe non-profits can meet this need adequately? I find this puzzling.

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