Poll: Lawmakers should do more for children's health, education and safety

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowans likely to vote in 2012 presidential election say state and federal lawmakers should be doing more for children, including investing more tax money in the health, education and safety of children, according to a poll conducted for a child advocacy group.

However, the poll conducted for Every Child Matters also found that Republicans likely to participate in the precinct caucuses are less likely to support additional spending on those issues.

“This makes crystal clear that the most extreme conservative wing of the Republican Party has a sharply divergent view from the general electorate and the rest of the Republican Party,” Michael Petit of Every Child Matters said Thursday in Cedar Rapids.

The child advocacy group is meeting with sympathetic groups including educators, seniors and labor, and advertising in Iowa media to raise children’s issues, Petit said.

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