Table 1: ATTITUDES ON CHEMICAL RISK ISSUES*
MEAN AGREE DISAGREE DK
Safety of Chemicals
Chemicals cause endocrine disruption 2.6 53% 35% 12%
Pesticides significant health risk 2.6 55% 43% 2%
Food additives significant health risk 2.1 33% 62% 5%
Cosmetics significant health risk 2.0 26% 66% 8%
Any exposure level is unacceptable 1.8 6% 92% 2%
Organic/natural products safer 1.5 10% 87% 3%
Any level of chemical shows health risk 1.3 18% 81% 1%
Animal testing not needed 1.5 10% 89% 1%
Government Regulation
Regulators balanced in explaining risk 2.3 40% 54% 7%
US regulation inferior to Europe 2.2 23% 44% 33%
Regulate with precautionary principle 1.9 24% 69% 7%
Informing the Public
Peer review findings before news coverage:  3.5 90% 10% 1%
News of chemical risk not balanced 3.5 87% 11% 2%
Restrict public statements to own expertise 3.1 76% 23% 7%
Peer review system is politicized 2.9 64% 21% 15%
* 1-4 scale when 1= strongly disagree and 4 = strongly agree