CLC Poll: Public Favors Investments in Children, Youth

October 30, 2014

SparkAction partnered with the Children’s Leadership Council to launch a nationwide poll that finds strong public support for investments in children, youth and families. Get the full story, a video guide, and tips for using the data in your work.

Hart Research Associates conducted the public opinion poll, which finds strong support for investing in effective programs that improve the lives of children and youth across the age spectrum, from birth to adulthood.   A solid majority of Republicans (59 percent) join with overwhelming majorities of independents (82 percent) and Democrats (93 percent) in calling on Congress to make children’s programs and services a higher budget priority. By a strong 18-point margin, Americans say that increasing funding for children’s health, education and well-being should be a higher priority today than reducing taxes.

The Children’s Leadership Council (CLC)—a nonpartisan coalition of nearly 60 of the nation’s leading child and youth advocacy organizations—commissioned the poll. Hart Research Associates, a strategic research firm, conducted telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of over 800 Americans age 18 and older in Sept. 2014. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percent.

More key results:

  • The CLC poll found an overwhelming 79% of Americans favor Congress increasing funding for programs and services to meet children’s needs.
  • A solid majority of Republicans (59 percent) join with overwhelming majorities of independents (82 percent) and Democrats (93 percent) in calling on Congress to make children’s programs and services a higher budget priority.
  • By a very strong 18-point margin, Americans say that investing more in children’s health, education and well-being (54%) should be a higher priority today than reducing taxes (36%).
  • 63% of Americans feel that the best way to provide a secure retirement for today’s workers is to invest in children in order to ensure that the nation has productive workers in the future to sustain the economy.  Both younger adults ages 18 to 39 (68%) and those age 60 and over (53%) agree on the need to invest in children today.
  • Voters support candidates who will help children: Our poll found that by a five-to-one margin, registered voters say they would be more likely (52%) rather than less likely (10%) to support a candidate who supports increasing funding for programs and services to address children's needs in areas such as early childhood education, healthcare, nutrition and children's well-being.

Find a video walk-through of the poll results, great images and social media posts, and guides to using these data in your work at http://bit.ly/CLCpol.


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