Thinking about the food you eat, for each of the following please say if it is something you actively try to include in your diet, something you actively try to avoid, or something you don't think about either way. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

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

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?

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?

Do you mostly drink diet soida, regular soda, or don't you drink soda?

Trend: How often, if ever, do you eat at fast food restaurants, including drive-thru, take-out, and sitting down in the restaurant -- every day, several times a week, about once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, or never?

Trend: 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?

As you may know, some food products and medicines are being developed using new scientific techniques. he 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?

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?

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?

Next, 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 -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

Still thinking about a federal law regulating what school districts could serve for meals and snacks on school grounds, how effective do you think such a law would be in terms of -- [RANDOM ORDER]? Would it be very effective, somewhat effective, not too effective, or not effective at all?

On average, about how much does your family spend on food each week? July 2012 results

Trend: On average, about how much does your family spend on food each week?

Trend: In terms of your eating preferences, do you consider yourself to be a vegetarian, or not?

In terms of your eating preferences, do you consider yourself to be vegan, or not?

Trend: How many cups of coffee, if any, do you drink on an average day? [OPEN-ENDED]

How many glasses of soda pop, if any, do you drink on an average day? [OPEN-ENDED]

From a health perspective, which of the following do you think is more beneficial for the average American -- a diet low in fat, or a diet low in carbohydrates?

Trend: How serious a problem do you think obesity is to society -- extremely serious, very serious, somewhat serious, or not serious?

How important is it to have federal government programs that address health risks associated with each of the following? Is it extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important? How about for obesity?

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

Confident

Not confident

No opinion

%

%

%

2008 Jul 10-13

82

17

1

2007 Jul 12-15

82

17

1

2006 Dec 8-10

87

12

1

2006 Jul 6-9

84

15

1

2005 Jul 7-10

88

12

*

2004 Jul 8-11

87

12

1

2002 Jul 9-11

85

13

2

2001 Jul 19-22

89

10

1

2001 Mar 26-28

81

18

1

2000 Mar 30-Apr 2

80

18

2

1999 Sep 23-26

80

19

1

* Less than 0.5%

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

Confident

Not confident

No opinion

%

%

%

2008 Jul 10-13

71

26

3

2007 Jul 12-15

73

25

2

2006 Dec 8-10

74

24

2

2006 Jul 6-9

74

24

2

2005 Jul 7-10

76

23

1

2001 Jul 19-22

77

21

2

2001 Mar 26-28

68

29

3

1999 Sep 23-26

69

30

1

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

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2008 Jul 10-13

15

56

21

8

1

2007 Jul 12-15

18

53

21

8

*

2006 Dec 8-10

22

60

15

3

*

2006 Jul 6-9

22

54

18

6

*

2005 Jul 7-10

19

61

15

5

*

2004 Jul 8-11

31

54

11

3

1

2002 Jul 9-11

19

58

16

6

1

2001 Jul 19-22

21

61

13

4

1

2001 Mar 26-28

25

54

17

3

1

1999 Sep 23-26

15

61

19

5

*

* Less than 0.5%

Have you, personally, done any of the following in the past year as a direct result of a government food safety advisory or a product recall, or not? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. Thrown out food or returned it to the store

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2008 Jul 10-13

33%

66

*

2007 Jul 12-15

40%

60

*

* Less than 0.5%

B. Avoided buying certain brands or types of food

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2008 Jul 10-13

60%

40

*

2007 Jul 12-15

62%

37

*

C. Worried you ate something that may have been contaminated

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2008 Jul 10-13

25%

75

*

2007 Jul 12-15

26%

74

*

* Less than 0.5%

(Asked of those who are parents of children in grades K-12) Generally speaking, would you describe the lunches served in the school that your oldest child attends as -- very nutritious, somewhat nutritious, not that nutritious, or not nutritious at all?

Very
nutritious

Somewhat
nutritious

Not that
nutritious

Not
nutritious
at all

No
opinion

2007 Aug 3-5

21%

42

17

10

11

(Asked of those who are parents of children in grades K-12)Thinking about the amount of foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grain breads offered in your child's school, do you think the school is offering enough of these kinds of food, or should it offer more?

Offering enough

Should offer more

No opinion

2007 Aug 3-5

27%

66

8

(Asked of those who are parents of children in grades K-12)Do you think your child's school is offering too many foods that should not be served to children, or not?

Yes,
too many

No, not

No opinion

2007 Aug 3-5

43%

48

8

(Asked of those who are parents of children in grades K-12)How much do you think school lunches are to blame for the problem of childhood obesity -- a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all?

Great
deal

Moderate
amount

Not
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2007 Aug 3-5

9%

22

37

30

2

How much attention do you pay to the food warnings and nutritional recommendations you hear or read about? Do you pay -- a lot of attention, a fair amount, some, not too much, or none at all?


A lot

Fair
amount


Some

Not too
much

None
at all

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

%

2006 Jul 12-15

28

37

19

10

6

--

2006 Dec 8-10 ^

33

38

15

9

4

--

2003 Jul 7-9

23

33

23

12

9

*

2002 Jul 9-11

22

33

21

16

8

*

1989 Sep 12-15

26

36

16

13

9

*

* Less than 0.5%

^ Asked of a half sample

How often do you, personally, shop for groceries -- frequently, occasionally, rarely, or never?

Frequently

Occasionally

Rarely

Never

No
opinion

2007 Jul 6-8

71%

20

6

2

1

(Asked of those who frequently or occasionally shop for groceries) When you shop for groceries, do you make a special effort to buy items produced in the United States, or not?

Yes, make
special effort

No,
do not

No
opinion

2007 Jul 6-8

51%

47

1

(Asked of grocery shoppers who make a special effort to buy items produced in the United States) As you may know, the items in your local grocery store come from many different countries. In general, how easy or difficult is it for you to tell which countries produced the items in your grocery store? Is it -- [ROTATED: very easy, somewhat easy, somewhat difficult, (or) very difficult]?

Very
easy

Somewhat
easy

Somewhat
difficult

Very
difficult

No
opinion

2007 Jul 6-8

13

29

38

19

1

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

2007 Jul 6-8

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not
concerned
at all

No
opinion

China

46%

28

17

8

1

Mexico

28%

33

26

12

1

The United States

11%

28

33

29

*

* Less than 0.5%

When it comes to nutritional recommendations and food warnings that you hear or read about, are you paying -- [ROTATED: more attention, about the same amount, or less attention] -- than you did five years ago?

More
attention

Same
amount

Less
attention

No
opinion

2006 Dec 8-10

64%

28

8

*

* Less than 0.5%

^ Asked of a half sample

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

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2005 Jul 7-10

9

36

29

16

10

2003 Jul 7-9

9

38

27

18

8

2001 Jul 19-22

9

43

24

14

10

2000 Mar 30-Apr 2

12

36

23

18

11

1999 Sep 23-26

9

42

25

16

8

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?

Yes

No

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Jul 7-10

33

54

13

2003 Jul 7-9

34

54

12

2001 Jul 19-22

30

53

17

2000 Mar 30-Apr 2

30

51

19

1999 Sep 23-26

27

53

20

If fast food restaurants offered new healthier menu options, would you be very likely to choose these, or would you probably stick with your current favorite items?

[BASED ON 804 ADULTS WHO EAT AT FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS AT LEAST MONTHLY]

Very likely
to choose

Stick with
favorite
items

Already
choose
healthiest
items (vol.)

No
opinion

2003 Jul 7-9

56%

41

2

1

(vol.) = Volunteered response

If fast food restaurants offered new healthier menu options, would you be more likely to eat at these types of restaurants, or not?

[BASED ON 201 ADULTS WHO EAT AT FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS LESS THAN MONTHLY]

Yes, more likely

No, not

No opinion

2003 Jul 7-9

41%

57

2

How responsible is the fast food industry for the health problems faced by obese people in this country -- [ROTATED: very responsible, somewhat responsible, not too responsible, (or) not responsible at all]?

Very
responsible

Somewhat
responsible

Not too
responsible

Not
responsible
at all

No
opinion

2003 Jul 7-9

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

No opinion

2003 Jul 7-9

9%

89

2


When it comes to knowing how to eat a healthy diet, which of the following statements best describes you -- you are very confused, you are somewhat confused, you are not very confused, or you are not at all confused?

Very
confused

Somewhat
confused

Not very
confused

Not at all
confused

No
opinion

2002 Jul 9-11

3%

21

26

49

1

1999 Sep 23-26

3%

14

19

63

1

1993 Dec 2-22 ^

5%

22

27

45

1

^ The Gallup Organization for the American Dietetic Association

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