More people support rather than oppose the growing of genetically modified crops and more of them are prepared to buy and eat GM foods than not, according to a survey for The Independent.
The ComRes poll suggested that public fears on GM may be easing.
Asked if they would support the growing of GM crops in the UK, 47 per cent agreed, while 42 per cent disagreed and 11 per cent replied don't know.
The survey of 1,000 people found that 49 per cent agreed that they would have no problem buying or eating GM foods if they were sold in the UK, while 42 per cent disagreed with this statement and nine per cent were 'don't knows'.
In 2003, of the 37,000 people who responded to Government questionnaires, a majority (54 per cent) said they never wanted to see GM crops grown in Britain; 18 per cent said they would find the crops acceptable only if there were no risk of cross-contamination; 13 per cent wanted to see more research; eight per cent they were happy to eat GM food and two per cent said the crops were acceptable in any circumstances.