The Field Poll #2460 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Page 2
“These findings are a clear indication that there is a longstanding groundswell of concern among California voters about the related epidemics of diabetes and obesity. Voters strongly support interventions that will reduce risks for these conditions, such as assess to free clean drinking water and community health workers to help people live healthier lives in healthier places,” states Dr. George Flores of The California Endowment.
Increase in voter concerns about obesity and diabetes risk factors as health risks to California kids over the past 10 years
The Field Poll
first began tracking public perceptions of the health risks facing the state’s children for TCE in 2003. At that time when Californians were asked to name the top two health risks facing California kids, unhealthy eating or a lack of physical activity were mentioned most frequently by 53%, followed by illegal drug use at 49%.
(Note: Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple mentions)
When asked the same question in the latest TCE-
, the proportion of voters citing unhealthy eating or a lack of physical activity now far surpasses illegal drug use and all other concerns. At present, 59% mention these obesity and diabetes risk factors, while the next most frequently cited health concern, illegal drug use, is cited by 43%. The threat of violence to children is cited next most frequently by 31%.
(See Graph 1 in accompanying graphics packet)
When the results are examined across the state’s major regions, concerns about unhealthy eating or a lack of physical activity are greatest among voters in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County.
Make fresh drinking water freely available in schools, parks and public buildings
Nearly all Californians support the idea of making clean fresh drinking water freely available in schools in any area where students eat meals or are physically active (93%, including 82% who support this strongly). Similarly, 92% favor making fresh drinking water available in all local schools, parks and public buildings, with 78% strongly supportive.
Increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in low-income neighborhoods
There is strong support for providing incentives and enacting policies to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetable in low-income neighborhoods. Nine in ten voters statewide (90%) favor such policies as a means to attract more farmers’ markets and produce stands in low-income neighborhoods, of whom 70% are strongly supportive. In addition, 81% favor providing similar incentives to attract more supermarkets selling fresh fruits and vegetables in such neighborhoods, with 62% strongly in favor.
Cover exercise and organized physical activity programs under Medi-Cal
Six in ten voters (61%) attach high importance to providing Medi-Cal recipients access to exercise and other organized physical activity programs (like those offered by the YMCA or YWCA) as part