British Voters Demand More Action on World Poverty

A YouGov poll published in Britain reveals that 78 percent of people want to see the main political parties do more on fighting global poverty.

82 percent believe that politicians need to respond as urgently to the number of children dying every day in Africa as they did to the Asia Tsunami.

Two-thirds think fighting poverty would do more to make the world safe than fighting wars.

MAKEpovertyHISTORY, a growing coalition of aid agencies, faith groups, unions and other organizations, is urging for action on trade justice, dropping the debt, and more and better aid. The campaign was launched on 1 January 2005 and will run until the end of the year.

MAKEpovertyHISTORY spokesperson Alison Fenney said, “Every single day, 30,000 children are dying as a result of extreme poverty. This poll tells us that the public are taking action on global poverty. Their campaigning work over the last five years has made global poverty an election issue. They want to see the next government do more on tackling the issues of trade, debt, and aid. On World Poverty Day, political parties must respond on what they are going to do to meet these demands.”

On trade, 88 percent of those polled believe international trade rules should be rewritten to help people in poor countries to work their way out of poverty.

On debt, 75 percent of people polled agreed that rich donors should cancel the unpayable debts of the poorest countries.

On aid, 50 percent of people polled wanted the UK to meet its commitment to giving 0.7 percent of national income in development aid by 2010 or earlier.

[From http://www.makepovertyhistory.org/]

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