MSU Food Literacy and Engagement Poll: Wave II

The second wave of the Michigan State University Food Literacy and Engagement Poll focuses on food safety and consumer purchasing decisions.

The second wave of the Michigan State University Food Literacy and Engagement Poll focuses on food safety and consumer purchasing decisions.

March 26, 2018

Numbers listed in tables are percentages. 

Using a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 is not at all influential and 5 is very influential, how influential are food labels in your food buying decisions?

   
Influential or very influential (4-5)  61
Some influence (3) 25
Minimal influence or not at all influential (1-2)  13 

 

 

How often do you think you consume genetically modified organisms, often called GMOs?

   
Every day 21
At least once a week 21
At least once a month 8
Rarely 15
Never 7
I'm not sure 28

 

 

Using a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 is much lower than an average person and 5 is much higher than an average person, how would you rank your understanding of the global food system?

   
Higher or much higher than average (4-5) 38 
Average (3) 43
Lower or much lower than average (1-2) 19

 


How often do you seek information about where your food was grown and how it was produced?

   
Every day 14 
At least once a week 20
At least once a month  17
Rarely 35
Never 15

 

 

Using a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 is do not trust at all and 5 is completely trust, how much do you trust the following individuals or groups when it comes to the safety of food?

 

  • Academic scientists
   
Trust or completely trust (4-5) 52 
Neither trust nor distrust (3) 32
Distrust or completely distrust (1-2)  15

 

  • Government scientists (FDA)
   
Trust or completely trust (4-5) 48
Neither trust nor distrust (3) 32 
Distrust or completely distrust (1-2)  20

 

  • Industry scientists
   
Trust or completely trust (4-5) 33
Neither trust nor distrust (3) 38
Distrust or completely distrust (1-2)  29 

 

 

When purchasing food for your family, do you avoid products containing the following?

 

  • Genetically modified ingredients (GMOs)
 
Yes 33 
No 25
Sometimes 31
I am not familiar with this ingredient 11

 

  • Chemicals
   
Yes 41 
No 24
Sometimes 29
I am not familiar with this ingredient 6

 

  • Processed foods 
   
Yes 33 
No 27
Sometimes 36
I am not familiar with this ingredient 5

 

  • Bisphenol A (BPA)
   
Yes 32 
No 18
Sometimes 18
I am not familiar with this ingredient 32

 

  • Titanium Dioxide
   
Yes 22 
No 16
Sometimes 13
I am not familiar with this ingredient 49

 

 

When it comes to nutrition and health, where do you turn most frequently for information? 

   
Friends/family  19
My doctor 27
Books 7
Magazines (i.e. "Dr. Oz," "Oprah")  5
Blogs 6
Television (i.e. "The Doctors," "The Chew")  9
Social media 11
Scientific journals/academic research 15  

 


Using a 1 to 5 scale where 1 is not at all likely and 5 is very likely, how likely would you be to purchase foods that look and taste identical to meat, but are based on ingredients that are produced artificially?

   
Likely or very likely (4-5) 33
Neither likely nor unlikely (3)  19 
Unlikely or very unlikely (1-2)  48

 


Using a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 is strongly disagree and 5 is strongly agree, how much do you agree or disagree with the following statement? I avoid eating foods that contain chemicals.

   
Agree or strongly agree (4-5) 53 
Neither agree nor disagree (3)  31
Disagree or completely disagree (1-2)  16

 

 

Please indicate whether you think the following statement is true or false: All bacteria are harmful.

   
Yes 17 
No 75
Not sure 8

 

 

Michigan State University's Food Literacy and Engagement Poll reports on consumer knowledge and opinions on food-related issues. Results provide an impartial and authoritative source of public perspectives on food to inform and guide discussion at Our Table and Food@MSU.

Methodology

The Michigan State University Food Literacy and Engagement Poll was conducted online between February 13 and 15, 2018, among 2,125 U.S. residents aged 18 and over. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. A propensity score weighting approach was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to answer online surveys. The poll is administered by Toluna, NA, a leader in online research that manages one of the world’s largest internet-based research panels with more than 4.5 million registered and active users.

All surveys are subject to multiple sources of error. Most of these errors are often impossible to quantify. In addition to sampling error, these errors include coverage error, non-response error, interviewer bias when appropriate, and the error associated with how a question is asked or the response options given. The overall margin of error would be 3 percentage points at the widest interval.

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