What American voters think about hunger

As we see the news full of one financial disaster after another, it’s hard to know what to think.  What does the economic crisis mean, what is its impact?

One of the most dramatic effects of the recent hard economic times is an increase in food prices — and a corresponding increase in hunger, both in North America and around the world.  The profound importance of this issue is starkly highlighted in a recent (July ’08) poll by the Alliance to End Hunger.

Here’s a sample of the results from this survey of American voters:

  • 28% say “I worry about me or someone I know going hungry”
      
  • 69% say the federal government spends too little money on fighting hunger in the US
      
  • 68% “agree the U.S. government should be doing more to respond to the increase in global hunger that has led to riots in more than 30 countries”
      
  • 39% “agree that the U.S. government should do a lot more, including aid to help farmers in hungry countries produce more food”
      
  • 61% “would be more likely to support a candidate for President in 2008 who made fighting hunger a top priority”

Everyone agrees: the economy is a huge issue coming into this election.  As these numbers suggest, part of the reason is that economic problems are impacting many people’s ability to meet their most basic needs, including getting enough food.  Now we know that people care about hunger.

The question remains: what will we do about it?

 
See Hunger and Elections 2008 for links to useful resources on this issue.

Visit the faith&AIDS 2008 Election page for all kinds of resources for American voters who are concerned about issues like hunger, poverty, and health care at home and around the world.  Find candidate statements, independent analysis, and more.  Want to vote on the issues?  Here’s a good place to start.

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~ by h.e.g. on September 16, 2008.

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