Despite Domestic Problems Americans Want More Aid to End Global Hunger and Poverty

Sep 18, 2013, 15:19 ET from Bread for the World

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite all of the domestic problems confronting the United States, most Americans believe in the importance of ending global hunger.

In fact, according to a new poll released today, 37 percent of Americans think the U.S. government is doing too little to end hunger in developing countries around the world. Another 27 percent of those polled say the United States is doing enough to end global hunger, while one in five believe we are doing too much. 

"Despite our current budgetary problems, Americans still think global hunger and poverty are important," said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. "Americans want to help their brothers and sisters end hunger, and become self-sufficient. Congress should embody and reflect this compassionate spirit as it deliberates on our federal budget."

The study, "American Attitudes Toward Ending Global Hunger," was commissioned by Bread for the World. It is based on an online survey developed by Weber Shandwick and its research arm, KRC Research, to measure Americans' awareness about and attitudes related to global hunger. The survey was conducted from Aug. 19 to Aug. 22, 2013 and polled 1,000 adults nationwide. 

The study was formally released today during a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA). ACVFA, established after World War II, serves as a key link between the U.S. government and private voluntary organizations active in humanitarian assistance and development work overseas.

"The survey results show widespread support for promoting self-sufficiency and partnerships as part of U.S. efforts to end global hunger," said Weber Shandwick chairman Jack Leslie.  "There is also an opportunity to tap younger generations, who are more likely to believe that ending hunger is possible and the U.S. should take action."

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