Despite the rancor between Democrats, Republicans, and others on political topics, party affiliation is not a factor where it comes to concerns over childhood obesity and bullying.
According to a new poll from C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, there was agreement among adults of all political persuasions that these topics should be top of mind for this year's presidential candidates. 17% of the more than 2,100 adults surveyed rated child obesity as their number one childhood health worry, while 15% cited bullying as their foremost concern. The next two areas that respondents deemed most worthy of extra attention were drug and child abuse.
Not only did a respondent's party affiliation have no impact on their answer, their race or ethnicity was also a non-factor. “By asking about children’s health and health policy, we hope to bring the public’s voice to the policymakers. We found that no matter their politics or race/ethnicity, adults in the U.S. agree on these top child health priorities,” says Matthew M. Davis M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health (NPCH). In an article that originally appeared on the University of Michigan Health System website on June 18, Davis continues, “These are common issues that we can agree on, no matter your choice of presidential candidates. These four issues -- childhood obesity, bullying, drug abuse and child abuse and neglect -- were the choice of more than half of the adults that we polled,” Davis says.
Download a PDF of the full report and visit the C.S. Mott poll's new website. You can also watch a video the hospital has posted to its YouTube channel, and which features Dr. Davis, who explains in greater detail the results of this enlightening survey. Follow the NPCH on Twitter, and stay current with developments on its Facebook page.