Public Opinion Of Hunting
Summarizes a number of studies that evaluate opposition to or support for hunting, including support for hypothetical bans on different types of hunting.
This article summarizes several polls concerning hunting.
A 1993 West Virginia poll found that 79% of the public approved of hunting. This poll was conducted by Ryan McGinn Samples Research for the Charleston Daily Mail.
In Minnesota, a poll conducted by Minneapolis Star Tribune found that 72% of state residents agreed that hunting is a “natural activity for people.” In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Stephan Kellert’s research showed about 60% of the general population was opposed to sport hunting, and 20% opposed to hunting for meat. 64% felt that hunting for meat and recreation was acceptable.
A 1993 Los Angeles Times poll found that 54% opposed sport hunting.
A 1990 Gallup Poll found that 77% of respondents opposed the goal of animal rights groups for a total ban on all types of hunting, although 72% had at least some respect for the positions of animal rights activists. However, 90% opposed hunter harassment.