Poll Sends Clear Message to Presidential Candidates about Child Health Issues
It’s election season, and there is no shortage of either polls or opinions. A recent national survey by the University of Michigan’s National Poll on Children’s Health found that a majority of adults agree on four major issues they want the presidential candidates to address.
More than 2,100 adults were surveyed, and were asked to select the single most important child health issue from 24 common health concerns. These priorities represented more than half of all responses, and crossed party and ethnic lines:
- 1 in 6 ranked childhood obesity No. 1;
- 1 in 7 ranked bullying as No. 1;
- 1 in 9 ranked drug abuse as No. 1;
- 1 in 12 ranked child abuse and neglect as No. 1.
Because many adult health problems often are seeded in childhood—obesity, heart disease, diabetes, depression—the need for early intervention is acute, and is a matter of public policy.
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