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Poverty Survey Reveals Americans’ Views


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Poverty Survey in the Media


   USA Today

  • Survey: Majority of Americans
    say U.S. is 'obliged' to help
    world's poor children

   Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • Poll: Americans need to aid
    world's poor children

    The Washington Post

  • Poor children overseas. Whose responsibility?
  • U.S. Obliged to Help World's Children, Two in Three American

      WTOP Radio


“It is heartening, especially in light of a challenging economy, to see that so many Americans recognize the plight of millions of children around the world whose needs are so great,” observes ChildFund President and CEO Anne Lynam Goddard in response to a survey about Americans’ attitudes toward poverty.

The national telephone survey was conducted by Ipsos in December for ChildFund International.

An overwhelming number of Americans (66 percent) believes that the United States has an obligation to help poor children around the world. Almost one third (31 percent) think that aid to the globe’s poorest children should be our nation’s number one charitable priority.

The survey revealed a varying spectrum of awareness about conditions affecting poor children around the world. On average, Americans rightly estimated that 47 percent of the world’s children live in poverty, with two in three (66 percent) survey respondents correctly identifying malnutrition as the single largest cause of death, outside of trauma, for children under 5 years of age.

In addition, the survey found that many Americans have contributed to organizations helping the world’s poor children. A total of 62 percent of those surveyed said they have personally given to an international relief agency.

ChildFund plans to conduct the study annually.

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