Is GMO food (containing genetically modified organisms) generally unsafe to eat? Yes, say 57% of the general American public but only 11% of "scientists," according to a widely misquoted study from Pew Research. The polls addressed in Public and Scientists' Views on Science and Society asked both groups about thirteen core topics, from animal research to vaccines, with separate questions for each group. The gap between the two groups was largest for GMOs, but key questions were not asked and even the results have been twisted.
Here are some key points to help you think about and discuss this topic.
What was asked: are GMOs generally safe to eat?
After defining GMOs in terms of their benefits, the survey asked a limited question: can most people safely eat GMO food?
The public was given a glowing definition of GMOs, including popular benefits but no concerns, then asked the first question. Here's the wording from the survey with the results: