This paper develops a theoretical and empirical methodology to analyze public attitudes toward competing public policies. The model is applied to data on Iowa farmers' opinions of four agricultural policies: continuing the current program, targeting benefits to fiscally stressed farmers, mandatory acreage controls, and shifting to a free market. The results show that a farmer's financial situation, size and type of operation, education, and farm experience significantly influence his opinions. Attitudes toward mandatory controls and targeting are most sensitive, and attitudes toward continuation of the current program are least sensitive to changes in economic characteristics. Strong identi fiable camps of both support and opposition are found for each policy except the current program.
This paper is published in AMERICAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS. Vol. 70. No. 5. 1110 BUCKEYE AVE, AMES, IA 50010-8063: AMER AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS ASSOC, 1988.
Orazem, Peter F.; Otto, Daniel M.; and Edelman, Mark A., "An Analysis of Farmers' Agricultural Policy Preferences:" (1988). Economic Staff Paper Series. 185.