WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A recent Gallup Poll indicates that, in regards to the well-being of children, America ranks in the bottom third among the world’s 29 most advanced nations.

A release on the poll’s findings notes that 80 percent of Americans feel children in their country have access to opportunities for learning and growth. Additionally, 66 percent of people in the United States say that children are treated in a dignified, respectful manner.

However, these findings still place the U.S. in the lower third bracket among other similarly powerful, affluent nations.

“The United States’ relatively poor performance on these two measures reaffirms its similarly poor performance in a recent UNICEF study of children’s well-being,” the release notes. “The UNICEF study considered five dimensions of well-being – material, health and safety, education, behaviors and risks, and housing and environment – with the U.S. ranking 26th in overall child well-being among these same 29 wealthy nations.”

Researchers involved in the study found that perspectives on the matter varied greatly between different demographics.

“Men (70 percent) are more likely than women (61 percent) to believe children in the country are treated with respect and dignity,” the release explains. “In terms of income, those in the wealthiest quintile are more likely to say the nation’s children are treated with respect and dignity (74 percent) than those in the poorest quintile (53 percent).”

It continues, “Similar patterns in gender and income disparity hold true in many of the rich nations studied, although the gaps are not always as pronounced as those in the U.S.”

Those who conducted the polls feel that Americans should use these results as another indicator that more must be done to ensure better educational opportunities for all children.

Over 1,000 adults were polled in 2012, the release indicates.


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