More than half of Washington state voters are concerned that food will cost more if an initiative passes that would require labels on foods with genetically engineered ingredients.
With the help of Survey USA, KING 5 News asked a series of questions to actual and likely voters about Initiative 522.
Fifty-two percent said they were concerned I-522 would increase food costs while 44 percent said they were not concerned.
Eighty-eight percent said consumers have a right to know which ingredients are in their food, regardless of whether they ingredients are harmful. Five percent said they don’t have that right.
Nearly two-thirds said requiring food labeling is a reasonable requirement. Thirty-one percent said it’s an unreasonable burden.
Forty percent said genetically modified products would be bad for people’s health while nine percent said it would be good for their health. Thirty percent said they didn’t know enough to give an opinion and 22 percent said it would have no effect on health.
Nearly 80 percent said they were not confused about what would happen if I-522 passed.
The margin of error for the questions in this poll ranged between ± 2.8 percent and ± 4.4 percent.