Strong Majority of Likely Voters Support Increased Funding for WIC
A new nationwide poll released by the National WIC Association (NWA) and Alliance to End Hunger reveals strong, bipartisan support for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) among likely 2022 voters. Conducted by ALG Research/McLaughlin & Associates in September 2021, the study confirmed voters would support increasing funding to WIC and further reforms to expand access, which currently serves about 6.2 million mothers, babies, and young children nationwide. The study found that 83 percent of respondents support the WIC program, including 75 percent of Republicans, 79 percent of independents, and 91 percent of Democrats. Additionally, 76 percent support expanding the value of the WIC food package and extending postpartum eligibility to ensure women have more consistent nutrition support. The study also showed that 74 percent support modernizing WIC services, including telehealth/remote appointments and online shopping options and 65 percent support expanding overall eligibility so that more families can qualify, including 48 percent of Republicans, 56 percent of independents, and 83 percent of Democrats.