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Results UK – Malnutrition Poll

Poll of UK adults about their attitudes towards malnutrition and overseas aid.

Seven in ten UK adults agree that:

  • Governments should take steps to reduce the number of children suffering from malnutrition, if children are to meet their full potential in school (69% vs 8% who disagree) and if children are to meet their full earning potential as adults (68% vs 7% who disagree);
  • Food systems should be reformed to produce nutritious and healthy food that does not pollute the planet (68% vs 7% who disagree);
  • The UK Government should work with other governments and organisations to ensure everyone can afford a healthy diet (67% vs 10% who disagree).

At least half of adults in the UK agree that:

  • Ensuring all children are able to meet their full potential in life by having access to good nutrition should be a top priority for UK overseas aid (54% vs 17% who disagree);
  • Tackling malnutrition should be one of the top 3 priorities for UK overseas aid (52% vs 18% who disagree);
  • Reducing the number of deaths from malnutrition worldwide should be a top priority for UK overseas aid (50% vs 21% who disagree).

Three in five (61%) UK adults agree that as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the UK should use its overseas aid budget to invest in nutrition, which prevents ill health and therefore helps to reduce the impact of future disease outbreaks. This compares to 13% who disagree.

Date Published: 16/10/2020

Categories: International | Politics | Public and communities | Social | UK

Client: Results UK


Savanta ComRes interviewed 2,174 UK adults online between 28th and 30th August 2020. Data were weighted to be nationally representative of all UK adults by key demographics including gender, age, region and social grade. Savanta ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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