A new poll out by the Pew Research Center suggests public backing for Michelle Obama’s crusade to reduce the circumference of kids’ wastelines.
According to the survey, 57 percent of Americans back a “significant” government role in the matter, while 39 percent oppose. The inclusion of “significant” in the question seems to suggest support beyond a moral leadership role for Mrs. Obama and in favor of direct regulation and lawmaking. Mrs. Obama is taking both approaches.
But whether the first lady’s crusade will help her husband much politically is unclear, since groups that already like him tend to agree on a government intervention to mitigate childhood obesity. The survey breaks out among expected partisan lines, with Republicans opposing and Democrats supporting. Blacks and Hispanics overwhelmingly want the government involved, while whites are equally divided.