A new survey from FoodMinds suggests that US attitudes to food policies are largely divided along party lines, with 75% of Democrats saying that government should dedicate more time to food policy issues, compared to just 39% of Republicans.
The survey, titled “Food Temperance in America”, was conducted through MROptimus Omnibus, and questioned a sample of 1,000 US adults.
The top issue considered to be “very important” was solving hunger in America, with 74% of Democrats saying they believed this to be very important, compared to 57% of Republicans. This was followed by improving the nutritional quality of school lunches (68% Democrats; 46% Republicans); educating Americans on healthy food choices and eating behaviors (60% Democrats; 37% Republicans); and reforming agricultural policy (52% Democrats; 29% Republicans).
FoodMinds partner Susan Pitman said: "While there is some common ground between Republicans and Democrats on the importance of ensuring food safety and stabilizing food prices, they notably disagree on the importance of critical food policy issues such as hunger, nutrition education, and the production and quality of foods served in schools. It's clear political ideology determines the way Americans think about government intervention when it comes to food-related policies."