Food Policy Action and Lake Research Partners release findings from nationwide survey on food policy Washington, D.C. – Today, Food Policy Action released the results of a nationwide survey conducted by Lake Research Partners. The survey showed that voters care deeply about policy-related messages on nutrition assistance, food safety and farm subsidies. When it comes to…
Food Policy Action and Lake Research Partners release findings from nationwide survey on food policy
Washington, D.C. – Today, Food Policy Action released the results of a nationwide survey conducted by Lake Research Partners. The survey showed that voters care deeply about policy-related messages on nutrition assistance, food safety and farm subsidies. When it comes to protecting nutrition assistance for vulnerable groups like women and children, and veterans, voters are even more likely to find this message important and persuasive.
“Voters have a right to know where their representatives in Washington stand on food safety, hungry kids and seniors, and the agenda of big food companies and the agribusiness lobby,” said Ken Cook, chairman of the board of Food Policy Action. “By tracking votes on high priority food issues, Food Policy Action is the only comprehensive source of information that holds Members of Congress accountable for decisions that affect parents, working families, kids and seniors every day.”
“Clearly, the food that feeds our families is a high priority for all Americans,” said Claire Benjamin, Managing Director of Food Policy Action. “The next step is helping voters connect the dots between food on their dinner tables and the decisions made in Washington. The best way to do this is through educating voters on the messages that resonates the most – the current state of nutrition assistance and food safety.”
About Food Policy Action
Food Policy Action was established in 2012 through a collaboration of national food policy leaders in order to hold legislators accountable on votes that have an effect on food and farming. Our goal is to change the national dialogue on food policy by educating the public on how elected officials are voting on these issues. Through education and the National Food Policy Scorecard, more people will be armed with the information they need to vote with their forks and elect more food policy leaders across the country.
To: Interested Parties
Fr: Lake Research Partners
Re: Findings from a nationwide survey
Date: October 8th, 2014
Voters respond well to a number of messages surrounding food policy and casting their vote against politicians who support harmful policies. The most convincing message focuses on cuts to food stamps and the impact that these cuts will have on veterans. Cuts to funding for food inspectors impacting food safety and subsidizing corporate farms at the expense of small family farms are also convincing reasons to vote against politicians. Additionally, across party, a strong majority finds these messages convincing, including a third of voters who find them very convincing. Getting these messages out to voters can help drive voters against politicians who take unpopular stands around food policy. These messages work especially well among seniors and older voters – the demographics more likely to turn out in an off year.
A message that focuses on veterans and the impact of cuts to food stamps is found convincing to over seven out of ten voters, with half saying it is very convincing (71 percent convincing, 50 percent very convincing).
Message Text: The men and women who serve in our military protecting this country, and their families, deserve our support when they return. We should vote against politicians who want to cut food stamps, for 170,000 veterans who have not been able to find a job.
While a message around cutting food stamps and the impact on children tests slightly lower (63 percent convincing, 30 percent very convincing), it is the strongest message overall for voters under 30 (69 percent convincing).
Message Text: Ensuring seniors and children have enough to eat is important, and we should make sure that our most vulnerable do not go to bed hungry. We should vote against politicians who support eliminating food stamps for 1.8 million seniors and families.
A message focused on food safety is also convincing to over two-thirds of voters (68 percent), with a plurality saying it is very convincing (41 percent).
Message Text: When grocery shopping, you should not have to worry if the food has been protected from dangers like e coli. We should vote against politicians who want to slash funding for food inspectors and programs that identify unsafe food and protect our families.
Similar numbers respond to a message around corporate farm subsidies and the impact on small family farms (64 percent convincing, 42 percent very convincing).
Message Text: Washington politicians give millions in taxpayer subsidies to corporate farms, while small family farmers get virtually no help. We should vote against politicians who side with the corporate farms and big businesses who fund their campaigns instead of helping small family farmers.
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Lake Research Partners designed this survey that was administered by Caravan in an omnibus survey conducted by telephone using professional interviewers. The survey reached a total of 1,009 adults 18 years of age and older including 766 likely 2014 general election voters nationwide in the continental United States. The survey was conducted from September 25-28, 2014. The margin of error for the total sample is +/- 3.1% and +/- 3.7% for the likely 2014 voters.
MEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Claire Benjamin email@example.com Washington, D.C. – Chef Tom Colicchio, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and other leading anti-hunger advocates will hold a press conference TODAY (Sept. 17) at 4:00 p.m. ET to condemn House Republicans for backing $40 billion in cuts to vital federal nutrition programs. In recent days, GOP leaders have pushed for…
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Washington, D.C. – Chef Tom Colicchio, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and other leading anti-hunger advocates will hold a press conference TODAY (Sept. 17) at 4:00 p.m. ET to condemn House Republicans for backing $40 billion in cuts to vital federal nutrition programs.
In recent days, GOP leaders have pushed for these cuts in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Roughly one in seven Americans, including 17 million children rely on SNAP benefits to keep themselves fed.
Chef Colicchio is a founding board member of Food Policy Action, an organization that scores members of Congress on food-related issues.
WHO: Chef Tom Colicchio, owner of Craft restaurants and FPA board member; House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH); Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT); Rep. James McGovern (D-MA); Rev. David Beckman, president of Bread for the World and FPA board member; Ken Cook, president of Environmental Working Group and FPA board member
WHEN: 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 17
WHERE: HOUSE TRIANGLE – Located in the grassy triangle on the House side of the U.S. Capitol’s East Front.
By Tom Colicchio, chef and owner of Craft Restaurants If you didn’t know better, you might think the biggest problem facing the nation was rampant food stamp fraud. Why else would members of Congress offer amendments that subject the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to drug tests and photo ID checks? It turns out that…
By Tom Colicchio, chef and owner of Craft Restaurants
If you didn’t know better, you might think the biggest problem facing the nation was rampant food stamp fraud. Why else would members of Congress offer amendments that subject the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to drug tests and photo ID checks?
It turns out that the error rate for the SNAP is only about 1 percent – far less than the fraud rate for farm subsidies.
But that hasn’t stopped members of Congress like Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Stephen Fincher (R-TN) from voting to cut SNAP by $20 billion and supporting amendments designed to humiliate SNAP recipients.
Proposals to cut SNAP or to place humiliating restrictions on the program reflect a profound misunderstanding of SNAP recipients.
In the four years my wife, Lori Silverbush, and I spent making A Place at the Table, a film that exposes the shocking truth about American hunger, we found that people expressed deep shame at collecting feeding assistance funds. It’s a stigma they’d do almost anything to avoid – expect, of course, allowing their children to go hungry. We met hundreds of working Americans who would go hungry but for SNAP.
The real shame, of course, should be felt by legislators like Steven Fincher, the legislator who has famously quoted the bible to support SNAP cuts while his family has collect almost $9 million in farm subsidies. LaMalfa is also among the members of Congress who receive farm subsidies.
Fortunately, legislators like Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Ron Kind (D-WI) will offer amendments to eliminate SNAP cuts from the Farm Bill and will instead offer proposals to rein in subsidies to the largest and most profitable farm businesses. And, it’s great news that President Obama has stood up in opposition to SNAP cuts and in support of subsidy reform. They deserve our support.