Public Perception of Farmers Still Highly Favorable
May 27, 2016

A phone survey of 1,000 registered voters, commissioned by the National Crop Insurance Services, shows the U.S. public still has plenty of faith in farmers.

Those polled were asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of farmers. Republicans (88 percent), Independents (87 percent) and Democrats (86 percent) responded with near-identical positive responses.

Federal spending for farmers is also supported by the general public, according to the poll. The majority of those polled say federal spending on farming is "very important" (57 percent) or "somewhat important" (35 percent).

"Americans overwhelmingly like farmers and support the programs that protect them," says Jon McHenry, vice president of North Star Opinion Research, the firm that conducted the poll. "This response is not surprising when you consider that eight in 10 voters believe a vibrant agricultural industry was critical to the country's national security."

Voters participating in the poll also support discounted crop insurance by more than a four-to-one margin. Farmers are also expected to share in the cost of programs that protect them, with 71 percent of respondents agreeing with this statement.

Reprinted from AgWeb