Poll: GOP Parents Also Back Federal School Nutrition Standards

An overwhelming majority of parents — including most Republicans — back federal school nutrition standards, a new poll found.

The findings released Monday by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association stand in stark contrast to a partisan spat in Congress over the Agriculture Department’s regulations.

More than seven in ten parents back national standards for both snacks and meals in schools. The poll found that 75 percent of parents believe salt should be limited in meals and 91 percent support requirements that schools include a serving of fruits.

When broken down along party lines, the poll found that more Democrats – 84 percent – and Independents – 72 percent – support the standards than parents identifying themselves as Republicans.

But 56 percent of the GOP parents surveyed favor nutritional standards for both school meals and snacks, according to the poll.