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Public Opinion on Hunting

Published:5 October 2009
Fieldwork:4-10 September 2009
Keywords:Animal welfare, Charities, Hunting, Hunting Ban, Third Sector
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New Ipsos MORI polling published today shows the latest public views on hunting (including fox hunting, deer hunting and hare hunting and coursing).

Among the general public as a whole, three quarters (75%) support the ban on fox hunting remaining, while 21% want it repealed. Over eight in ten (84%) think the ban on deer hunting should stay in place. A similar number – 85% - say hare coursing and hunting should remain illegal.

In rural communities, seven in ten (72%) want to see fox hunting remain illegal, whilst 82% think deer hunting should continue to be banned, and 86% support the ban on hare hunting and coursing.

Among potential Conservative supporters, six out of ten (62%) say that fox hunting should NOT be made legal again, with one in three (33%) saying it should.

Over eight in ten (83%) of Labour supporters are against fox hunting being legalised, compared to 13% in favour.

Three quarters (77%) of Liberal Democrat voters are against repeal, versus 19% in favour.

Technical Notes

The poll was commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the League Against Cruel Sports. It comprised a nationally representative sample of 2,003 adults aged 15+ in Great Britain, interviewed between 4-10 September 2009. This was conducted as part of Ipsos MORI’s regular Omnibus (‘Capibus’) survey.

All results are weighted to the GB population profile.

Party support is based on those who would either intend or be inclined to vote for a given party ‘if there were a general election tomorrow’.

Where results do not sum to 100%, this is due to the exclusion of don’t knows / not stated, or to computer rounding.

Results are based on all respondents unless otherwise stated.

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