A large majority (82%) support mandatory labels on GMOs, but curiously about the same amount (80%) also support mandatory labels on foods containing DNA.
Secondly, participants were asked “Did you read any books about food and agriculture in the past year?” Just over 16% of participants stated that they had read a book related to food and agriculture in the past year. About 81% answered “No”, and 3% answered “I don’t know”.
Those who answered “Yes” were asked: “What is the title of the most recent book you read about food and agriculture?” The vast majority of responses were of the form “I don’t remember” or “cannot recall”. Fast Food Nation, Food Inc., and Omnivore’s Dilemma were each mentioned about three times. The Farmer’s Almanac and Skinny Bitch were mentioned twice. One respondent mentioned the bible.
We don't really talk about the GMO or anti-vaccination or any of the other "science is so scary!" trends gaining popularity, but this poll I think perfectly illustrates it. It reminds me of the joke going around years ago that some dumb politician wanted to ban dihydrogen monoxide and we would all laugh at what a fool he is because that's just a scary science sounding name for water.
But now we are polling at 80% falling for the same thing, and gaining momentum worldwide.
There is absolutely no evidence of any harmful affects of GMOs, but a large amount of evidence of its benefits. This poll, to me, sums up the mindset of the people opposed to it. You could make up any science word and say "Should we label/ban ___ in food" and these same people will support it.