A recently released poll shows that 9 in 10 Americans have serious concerns about the potential merger of major agrochemical companies Bayer AG and Monsanto. In a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll of 1,506 registered voters, Americans expressed overwhelmingly negative thoughts about the merger’s impacts on jobs, food safety, and independent farmers. The merger of Bayer and Monsanto is currently under review by the U.S. Department of Justice, and is one of three major potential mergers in the agribusiness industry currently under consideration.
According to the poll:
- 80% of Trump voters believe that the merger of Bayer and Monsanto will result in fewer jobs. History backs up their concerns: the recent merger of DuPont and Dow resulted in the layoff of 1,700 Dow employees in Delaware, and more cuts are expected across the country soon.
- 90% of Americans, including 92% of Trump voters, believe that the Trump Administration should take a more aggressive stance towards corporate monopolies.
- 89% of Trump voters are concerned that the Bayer-Monsanto merger will harm independent farmers and farming communities.
- 85% of Americans are concerned that the Bayer-Monsanto merger will increase chemical contamination of their food. When asked about the merger’s impact on their quality of life, chemical contamination of food and farmland were the most serious concerns.