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Health as Transportation Goal? Yes! Says a New Poll

Posted by Andrew Austin at Feb 24, 2012 03:35 PM |
A new poll finds nearly two-thirds of WA State voters support adding health to the State's transportation goals.

The Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition released a poll today that finds 71% of Washington State voters support adding health to the State's transportation goals. This is all the more reason why the Washington State Senate should pass House Bill 2370 without any tacking on any distracting amendments.

Here is more on the poll from our partners at the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition:

Today, the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition released a statewide poll showing by a 55% to 25% margin, a majority of Washington state voters favor current legislation requiring the state to consider impacts on people’s health when planning new transportation projects.
The survey also reveals voter reactions to some of the reasons for supporting health as a transportation goal. Support of this policy idea increased to 71% (a 45 point margin) after hearing these reasons, the most compelling of which had to do with children’s health. The most persuasive concern among voters surveyed was the direct connection between asthma and air pollution. Safer options for walking, biking and transit could help reduce triggers for dangerous asthma attacks and reduce childhood asthma.

The survey also comes at a time when a childhood obesity epidemic is heightening concerns among states and communities across the nation. Programs like Safe Routes to Schools are seeking to encourage safe and active ways for children to travel to school.

For more information on the survey, the independent research group, EMC Research, who conducted the polling has provided polling results and a summary brief at http://copcwa.org/?p=509.

Funding for the survey was made possible through a grant from the American Heart Association.

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