Community attitudes 2019 Report
The overall finding of the 2019 survey is that attitudes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have moved more towards neutral middle positions, as well as an increase in those who aren’t sure or don’t know, and some reduction in those with stronger views.
We can see a trend emerge whereby the proportion of those who are less supportive of GMOs has declined since 2015, and the proportion of respondents who are neutral has increased significantly (Figure 3). Support for GMOs is more varied and cannot be given just one figure because it is so often conditional, based on regulation and safety being ensured, and the type of modification and its purpose. For example, there is a wide difference in support for GMOs in medical (58%), industrial (53%), and food and crops (35%).