Public names the top child health issues for presidential candidates to address

It’s election season in the U.S. and the presidential candidates are working hard to identify and discuss the issues that they think are most important to the voting public. Even though health care is frequently mentioned during campaigns and debates, the health of America’s children is not often the focus of political conversation.

In our latest NPCH Report, we asked over 2,000 adults across the country to choose one child health issue that should be the top child health priority for the presidential candidates to address. Here’s how the American public responded, with the most important issue listed first:

  1. Childhood obesity
  2. Bullying
  3. Drug abuse
  4. Child abuse and neglect

Adults in this poll were in broad agreement on these issues—regardless of political party. Even though some of these issues have been addressed at the national level, it’s clear that the public would like to see more.

Video: NPCH Director Dr. Matthew Davis talks about child health priorities for presidential candidates