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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Earthquake Adds to Existing Needs in Haiti

Beyond a death toll reaching toward the incomprehensible, the devastating earthquake in Haiti creates more need and suffering in a country where both are commonplace.

Gallup last polled in Haiti in December of 2008 and at that time found that 60% of Haitians said there were times in the past 12 months when they did not have enough money for food and 51% said the same about money for shelter.

Further, fewer than one-quarter of Haitians said they considered healthcare accessible to them or reported being satisfied with the quality of healthcare in their community.

When Gallup analyzed in detail the migration desires of citizens around the world, so many Haitians told us they would move permanently to another country if given the chance that the country would, in theory, lose 50% of its population if those wishes were fulfilled.

Gallup's Steve Crabtree is analyzing in-depth all of the Haiti data we have available and we'll have his story up within the next day on To make sure you get the story as soon as it is ready, sign up for "world" e-mail alerts or RSS feeds.

Update: Read the story.


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