A new poll solidifies the public’s view of farmers. Nearly 90% of Americans have a favorable view of farmers, and 92% said it was important to provide them with federal funding, according to a new national poll released today. Furthermore, the positive standing for farm policy appears to span party lines.

"Americans overwhelmingly like farmers and support the programs that protect them," said Jon McHenry, vice president of North Star Opinion Research, the polling firm that explored the general public's views on farmers, farm policy and crop insurance. "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."

According to a news release on the poll, which was commissioned by the National Crop Insurance Services, more than 70% of voters also said they believed farmers should help fund part of their own safety net.

“This cost-sharing structure is at the heart of America's crop insurance policy, with farmers paying a portion of their insurance premiums and shouldering, on average, 25% of crop losses through deductibles,” said the news release.

Support for farm policy and crop insurance even remained high when poll respondents were read a misleading statement often used by farm policy's critics.

"In a question providing both sides, the security argument in favor of protecting farms wins by a two-to-one margin over the argument used by farm policy opponents," McHenry said.

The public opinion poll is available at www.cropinsuranceinamerica.org. The phone survey of 1,000 registered voters was conducted April 3-7 and has a margin of error of 3.1%.