12/01/2006 - A recent survey revealed that public awareness and understanding of genetically modified (GM) foods remains relatively low and consumers' opinions about GM foods are as divided now as they were five years ago. The survey also shows that while religious belief has some impact, it is not a key source of variation in public attitudes toward biotechnology and finds that animal cloning evinces much stronger opposition than does the modifications of plants.
This is the fifth comprehensive survey of U.S. consumer attitudes about public sentiment about genetically modified food conducted by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology. Similar comprehensive surveys were previously conducted in January 2001, August 2003, September 2004, and October 2005.
This year the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology sought to conduct another survey that tracked some of the issues addressed in prior surveys as well as further address the issues of genetically modified animals, and animal cloning. The survey, conducted by telephone by the Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies, September 20-26, 2006 included 1,000 American consumers. The margin of error for this survey is +/-3.1 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence. The margin of error is higher for subgroups.
Read the full report Public Sentiment About Genetically Modified Food (2006).