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       Food               See also: Health policy (obesity, etc.) | Budget (food stamps, etc,)


 

Gallup Poll. Nov. 6-9, 2014. N=828 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

"Thinking about your weight, how would you describe your own personal weight situation right now: very overweight, somewhat overweight, about right, somewhat underweight, or very underweight?"

.

Very
overweight
Somewhat
overweight
About
right
Somewhat
underweight
Very
underweight
% % % % %

11/6-9/14

4 32 56 5 1

.

"Would you like to lose weight, stay at your present weight, or put on weight?" Options rotated

.

Lose
weight
Stay at
present
Put on
weight
Unsure

.

% % % %

.

11/6-9/14

51 40 8 1

.

1951

31 50 17 2

.


 

Gallup Poll. June 15-16, 2013. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

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"Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would limit the size of soft drinks and other sugary beverages served in restaurants to no more than 16 ounces?"

.

Would vote
for
Would vote
against
Unsure

.

% % %

.

6/15-16/13

30 69 2

.


 

Gallup Poll. July 10-14, 2013. N=2,027 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Overall, how healthy would you say your diet is: very healthy, somewhat healthy, not too healthy, or not at all healthy?"

.

Very
healthy
Somewhat
healthy
Not too
healthy
Not at all
healthy
Unsure
% % % % %

7/10-14/13

26 60 10 2 1

.

"How much attention do you pay to the nutritional information that is printed on all food packages, including calories, and sugar, fat and vitamin content: a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or none at all?"

.

A great
deal
A fair
amount
Not much None
at all
Unsure
% % % % %

7/10-14/13

32 36 18 14 1

.

"How much attention do you pay to the nutritional information that is printed on restaurant menus or posted in restaurants, including calories, and sugar and fat content: a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or none at all?"

.

A great
deal
A fair
amount
Not much None
at all
Unsure
% % % % %

7/10-14/13

18 25 26 29 2

 

Gallup Poll. June 15-16, 2013. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

"Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would limit the size of soft drinks and other sugary beverages served in restaurants to no more than 16 ounces?"

.

Would vote
for
Would vote
against
Unsure

.

% % %

.

6/15-16/13

30 69 2

.


 

Gallup Poll. March 8-9, 2013. N=1,016 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

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"I'm going to read some proposals that have been made to improve the nutritional value of foods students eat while at school. Please say whether you would vote for or against each of the following. . . ."

.

Vote for Vote against Unsure

.

% % %

.

.

"A new federal law that would strictly limit the kinds of food that can be served in school meals or sold elsewhere in public schools to food that meets certain standards for high nutritional value" N=524 (Form A), margin of error 6

3/8-9/13

67 31 2

.

.

"A new federal law that would strictly limit the kinds of foods that can be served in school meals or sold in vending machines, at snack bars and bake sales in public schools to food that meets certain standards for high nutritional value" N=492 (Form B), margin of error 6

3/8-9/13

57 41 3

.

.

"A law that would prohibit students from bringing packed lunches or snacks to public schools"

3/8-9/13

17 81 2

.


 

Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll. July 25-Aug. 5, 2012. N=3,130 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.

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"Do you support or oppose putting a special tax on junk food -- that is, things like soda, chips, and candy -- and using the money for programs to fight obesity?"

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Support Oppose Unsure

.

% % %

.

7/25 - 8/5/12

53 47 1

.


 

Gallup Poll. Dec. 3-6, 2010. N=1,003 adults nationwide, interviewed via Gallup Daily tracking. Margin of error 4.

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"Suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Please tell me whether you would vote for or against a law that would do each of the following. First, would you vote for or against a law that would increase government regulation of food safety?"

.

Vote for Vote against Unsure

.

% % %

.

12/3-6/10

75 21 3

.


 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. Aug. 11-16, 2010. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.5.

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"How confident are you that it is safe to eat seafood from the areas in the Gulf that were affected by the oil spill . . . ?"

.

Very
confident
Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not too
confident
Not confident
at all
% % % % %

8/11-16/10

5 7 33 24 31

 

CBS News Poll. Dec. 17-22, 2009. N=1,048 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Using a grade of A, B, C, D and F -- where A is excellent and F is very poor -- and using any of the grades in between. ... How would you grade the U.S. on ensuring the safety of the food supply in the U.S.?"

.

A B C D F Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

%

12/17-22/09

7

33

34

18

6

2

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"Do you support or oppose putting a special tax on junk food -- that is, things like soda, chips, and candy?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure

.

.

.

%

%

%

.

.

.

ALL

38

60

2

.

.

.

Men

33

66

1

.

.

.

Women

42

54

4

.

.

.

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"Do you think putting a special tax on junk food would encourage more people to lose weight, or wouldn't it do that?"

.

Would Would not Unsure

.

.

.

%

%

%

.

.

.

12/17-22/09

26

72

2

.

.

.

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"Overall, how confident are you that the food you buy is safe to eat: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, not at all confident?"

.

Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not too
confident
Not at all
confident

.

.

%

%

%

%

.

.

ALL

32

52

14

2

.

.

Men

40

45

13

1

.

.

Women

24

58

14

3

.

.


 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 25-29, 2008. N=1,065 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Some foods contain genetically modified ingredients in order to make them taste better and last longer. How much have you heard or read about this: a lot, some, not much or nothing at all?"

.

A lot Some Not much Nothing
at all
 
% % % %  

4/25-29/08

17 39 27 17  

.

"Do you think foods that contain genetically modified ingredients should be labeled indicating that or don't you think that is necessary?"

.

Should be Not
necessary
Unsure
% % %

4/25-29/08

87 11 2

.

"How likely is it that you would buy food that is labeled as having been genetically modified: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"

.

Very likely Somewhat
likely
Not very
likely
Not at all
likely
Unsure
% % % % %

4/25-29/08

12 31 24 29 4

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Neil Newhouse (R). July 27-30, 2007. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide.

.

"When it comes to food products produced in China, do you have a great deal of confidence, quite a bit of confidence, just some confidence, or very little confidence that these food products are safe to eat?"

.

Great deal Quite a bit Just some Very little None (vol.)
% % % % %
7/27-30/07 3 5 25 55 10

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 6-8, 2007. N=1,014 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"How concerned are you about the safety of food in your local grocery stores that comes from [see below]: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?"

.

Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not Too
Concerned
Not at All
Concerned
Unsure
% % % % %

China

7/6-8/07

46 28 17 8 1

.

Mexico

7/6-8/07

28 33 26 12 1

.

The United States

7/6-8/07

11 28 33 29 -

 

Gallup Poll. July 7-10, 2005. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you feel confident or not confident that the food available at most grocery stores is safe to eat?"

.

Confident Not
Confident
Unsure
% % %

7/7-10/05

88 12 -

7/8-11/04

87 12 1

7/9-11/02

85 13 2

7/19-22/01

89 10 1

.

"Do you feel confident or not confident that the food served at most restaurants is safe to eat?"

.

Confident Not
Confident
Unsure
% % %

7/7-10/05

76 23 1

7/19-22/01

77 21 2

.

"How much confidence do you have in the federal government to ensure the safety of the food supply in the U.S.? Would you say you have a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or none at all?"

.

A Great
Deal
A Fair
Amount
Not
Much
None
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

7/7-10/05

19 61 15 5 -

7/8-11/04

31 54 11 3 1

7/9-11/02

19 58 16 6 1

7/19-22/01

21 61 13 4 1

 

Gallup Poll. July 7-10, 2005. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"As you may know, some food products and medicines are being developed using new scientific techniques. The general area is called 'biotechnology' and includes tools such as genetic engineering and genetic modification of food. How closely have you been following the news about this issue: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

.

Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

7/7-10/05

9 31 35 25 -

7/7-9/03

9 32 34 25 -

7/19-22/01

11 34 33 21 1

.

"Overall would you say you strongly support, moderately support, moderately oppose, or strongly oppose the use of biotechnology in agriculture and food production?"

.

Strongly
Support
Moderately
Support
Moderately
Oppose
Strongly
Oppose
Unsure
% % % % %

7/7-10/05

9 36 29 16 10

7/7-9/03

9 38 27 18 8

7/19-22/01

9 43 24 14 10

.

"From what you know or have heard, do you believe that foods that have been produced using biotechnology pose a serious health hazard to consumers, or not?"

.

Pose
Hazard
Don't Pose
Hazard
Unsure    
% % %    

7/7-10/05

33 54 13    

7/7-9/03

34 54 12    

7/19-22/01

30 53 17    

 

ABC News Poll. July 9-13, 2003. N=1,024 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"How confident are you that the food we eat in the United States is safe: very confident, somewhat confident, not very confident or not at all confident?"

.

Very Somewhat Not Very Not at All Unsure
% % % % %
7/03 39 49 9 3 1
11/97 27 56 12 4 -

.

"Scientists can change the genes in some food crops and farm animals to make them grow faster or bigger and be more resistant to bugs, weeds and disease. Do you think this genetically modified food, also known as bio-engineered food, is or is not safe to eat?" Half sample

.

Safe Not Safe Unsure
% % %
7/03 46 46 9
6/01 35 52 13

.

"Do you think the federal government should or should not require labels on food saying whether it has been genetically modified or bio-engineered?" Half sample

.

Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
7/03 92 6 2
6/01 93 6 1

.

"If you saw a label on food at your market saying it had been genetically modified or bio-engineered, would you be more likely to buy it, less likely to buy it, or would it make no difference in your buying decision?" Half sample

.

More Less No
Difference
Unsure
% % % %
7/03 6 55 37 2
6/01 5 57 34 3

.

"Some livestock and poultry are fed antibiotics and hormones to make them disease resistant and faster-growing. Do you think food from farm animals that are fed antibiotics and hormones is or is not safe to eat?" Half sample

.

Safe Not Safe Unsure
% % %
7/03 49 42 10

.

"Do you think the federal government should or should not require labels on food saying whether it's from farm animals that have been fed antibiotics or hormones?" Half sample

.

Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
7/03 85 11 4

.

"If you saw a label on food at your market saying it's from farm animals that have been fed antibiotics or hormones, would you be more likely to buy it, less likely to buy it, or would it make no difference in your buying decision?" Half sample

.

More Less No
Difference
Unsure
% % % %
7/03 4 47 45 4

 

Gallup Poll. July 7-9, 2003. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Overall, do you think that most of the food served in fast food restaurants is very good for you, fairly good for you, not too good for you, or not good at all for you?"

.

Very Good Fairly Good Not Too Good Not Good
at All
Unsure
% % % % %
7/7-9/03 1 22 53 23 1

.

"How responsible is the fast food industry for the health problems faced by obese people in this country: very responsible, somewhat responsible, not too responsible, or not responsible at all?" Options rotated

.

Very Somewhat Not Too Not at All Unsure
% % % % %
7/7-9/03 6 27 25 41 1

.

"Would you favor or oppose holding the fast food industry legally responsible for the diet-related health problems of people who eat fast food on a regular basis?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
7/7-9/03 9 89 2

 

ABC News.com Poll. June 13-17, 2001. N=1,024 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"If you saw a label on food at your market saying it had been grown or raised organically, without the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers or feed additives, would you be more likely to buy it, less likely to buy it, or would it make no difference in your buying decision?"

.

%
More likely 52
Less likely 10
Make no difference 36
No opinion 2

 

Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology poll conducted by the Mellman Group (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). Jan. 22-28, 2001. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

.

"How much have you seen, read or heard recently regarding genetically modified food that is sold in grocery stores? Have you heard a great deal, some, not too much, or nothing at all recently regarding genetically modified food that is sold in grocery stores?" Asked of half the sample.

.

%
A great deal 9
Some 35
Not too much 29
Nothing at all 25
Don't know 1

.

"How likely would you be to eat genetically modified foods? Would you be very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely to eat genetically modified foods?"

.

%
Very likely 10
Somewhat likely 29
Not too likely 23
Not at all likely 31
Don't know 8

.

"As far as you know, have you ever eaten genetically modified foods?"

.

%
Yes 19
No 62
Don't know 19

.

"When you go to the grocery store how important is it to you to know whether a product contains genetically modified agricultural products? Is it very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important for you to know whether a product contains genetically modified agricultural products?"

.

%
Very important 46
Somewhat important 29
Not too important 11
Not at all important 10
Don't know 4

.

"To the best of your knowledge, how much of the food in a typical American grocery store is genetically modified -- that is, food modified through biotechnology -- or contains genetically modified ingredients?"

.

%
Less than 25% 38
25% to 50% 22
50% to 75% 10
More than 75% 4
Don't know 25

.

"Do you think genetically modified foods are basically safe, basically unsafe, or don’t you have an opinion on this?"

.

%
Basically safe 29
Basically unsafe 25
Don't know 46

.

"Now, as you may know, more than half of products at the grocery store are produced using some form of biotechnology or genetic modification. Knowing this, do you think genetically modified foods are basically safe, basically unsafe, or don’t you have an opinion on this?"

.

%
Basically safe 48
Basically unsafe 21
Don't know 31

.

"Now I'm going to read you a list of organizations from which you can get information about genetically modified foods. After each, please tell me how much you trust what each organization says about genetically modified foods. Do you trust what they have to say about genetically modified foods a great deal, some, not too much, or not at all? If you have never heard of the organization, or don’t know, please say so and we'll move on. . . ."

.

Great Deal Some Not Too
Much
Not at All Unsure/
Never
Heard Of
% % % % %
The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA 41 44 7 8 1

.

Friends and family 37 43 11 7 2

.

Farmers 34 48 9 6 2

.

Scientists and academics 33 49 8 7 4

.

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA 33 48 9 8 2

.

Food safety groups 32 54 7 4 3

.

Research centers 28 54 9 5 3

.

Environmental groups 23 51 12 11 3

.

Consumer groups 21 56 11 9 4

.

Grocery stores 9 51 22 15 2

.

Food manufacturers 8 44 24 23 2

.

Local community leaders 6 46 23 22 4

.

Elected officials 3 30 25 39 2

 

The Harris Poll. June 8-12, 2000. N=1,015 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"How much have you seen, read, or heard about [see below]: a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?"

.

A Lot Some Not Much Nothing
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
"new genetically modified foods"
15 42 28 14 1

.

"new types of plants and crops which have been genetically engineered"
16 42 27 14 1

.

"How likely do you think it is that the following will happen because of the use of new types of plants and crops developed by genetic engineering: very, somewhat, not very, or not at all likely? . . ."

.

Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Very
Likely
Not At All
Likely
Unsure
% % % % %
"Food based on these new crops will be poisonous or cause diseases in people who eat them"
14 31 22 25 7

.

"Agricultural production will increase"
29 37 16 13 6

.

"They will upset the balance of nature and damage the environment"
25 31 22 15 6

.

"They will make food less expensive than it would be otherwise"
14 28 23 29 6

.

"Do you think the government should require the labeling of all packaged and other food products stating that they include corn, soy or other products which have come from genetically modified crops, or is that not important?"

.

%
Should require 86
Not important 13
Not sure 1

.

"Overall do you think the benefits of developing and growing these new plants and crops outweigh the risks of doing this, or do you think the risks outweigh the benefits?"

.

%
Benefits outweigh the risks 38
Risks outweigh the benefits 48
Not sure 14

 


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