Polls & Surveys

According to various polls and surveys, the vast majority of Americans feel they have a right to know what is in their food. Voter support for labeling of GE foods is nearly unanimous, according to the political opinion survey on GE food labeling conducted by The Mellman Group on behalf of JLI. The survey found nearly all Democrats (93% favor, 2% oppose), Independents (90% favor, 5% oppose) and Republicans (89% favor, 5% oppose) in favor of labeling. To learn more about the national survey of 1000 voters, read the Mellman Survey Results.

The results of the Mellman Group survey are consistent with multiple previous polls including:

93% believe GE foods should be labeled (10/10,Thomson Reuters PULSE™ Healthcare Survey, “National Survey of Healthcare Consumers: Genetically Engineered Food”)

96% believe genetically modified foods should be labeled (6/11, MSNBC)

95% of consumers believe GE foods should be labeled (11/08, Consumers Union, “Food-Labeling Poll: 2008,” p. 13)

94% believe genetically modified food should be labeled (9/10, Washington Post)

93% of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods (6/11, ABC News)