Poll of Hunters and Anglers Shows They Want Action on Clean Energy and Global Warming

More than 80% of America’s hunters and anglers believe the United States should set a bold, new vision on energy policy, and set a goal to achieve 100% of our electricity from clean, renewable sources of power within 10 years, according to a new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund™.

The nationwide poll, conducted July 27-31, 2008 by American Viewpoint, also shows that nearly half of these respondents have yet to commit to a presidential candidate in the November election.

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Hunter, Angler or Both?

  • 33% considered themselves an angler.
  • 14% considered themselves a hunter.
  • 53% considered themselves both a hunter an angler.

How often do they vote?

  • 53% vote in every election with an additional
  • 22% indicated they vote in almost all elections.

What is their party affiliation?

  • 37% indicated they were Republican.
  • 37% indicated they were Independent.
  • 23% indicated they were Democrats.

Have hunters and anglers made up their mind about who they’re voting for in November?

  • 50% have made up their mind about who they are voting for.
  • 27% have not decided on a Presidential candidate.
  • 20% are leaning toward one candidate.

What do voters think about how the U.S. is meeting current and future energy needs?

  • 70% of these voters believe the country is off on the wrong track when it comes to meeting our current and future energy needs, including 72% of those undecided in the presidential contest and 69% of those leaning toward one candidate.

Agree or Disagree? “The United States needs to set a bold new vision on energy policy, and set a goal to achieve 100% of its electricity from clean renewable sources of power within 10 years.”

  • 81% agree with the statement. Drilling down, 86% of undecided presidential voters agree with this statement as do 82% of those leaning toward one candidate. And, 76% of Independents agree as do 78% of Republicans and 93% of Democrats.

Who is to blame for the country’s high energy costs?

  • 91% of these voters believe Congress deserves a great deal or some of the blame for the country’s high energy costs.
  • 85% believes oil companies deserve a great deal or some of the blame.

Agree or Disagree? “We can improve the environment and strengthen the economy by investing in renewable energy technologies that create jobs while reducing global warming.”

  • 85% agree with the statement. Drilling down, 89% of those undecided on the presidential ballot agree with the above statement as do 88% of those leaning toward one candidate.

What energy source will help stimulate the U.S. economy more?

  • 55% believe additional development of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and biofuels will do more to stimulate and help the United States economy.
  • 34% believe additional development of oil and gas sources such as drilling off our coast and in our wildlife refuges will do more to stimulate the economy.

Is global warming occurring?

  • 66% agree that global warming is occurring. Drilling down, 73% of those undecided in the presidential contest agree, 75% of those leaning toward one candidate agree, 63% of Independents agree, 90% of Democrats agree and 52% of Republicans agree.

Should the next Congress take action on global warming?

  • 62% want the next Congress to take action on global warming now including 72% of those undecided in the presidential contest and 66% of those leaning toward one candidate. And, 58% of Independents want the next Congress to take action now as do 86% of Democrats. Republicans are split on taking action now versus waiting.

Should the next President take action on global warming?

  • 57% want the next President to take action on global warming now including 64% of those undecided in the presidential contest and 66% of those leaning toward one candidate. And, 55% of Independents and 79% of Democrats want the next President to take action now. Republicans are split.

Agree or Disagree? “We have a moral responsibility to confront global warming to protect our children’s future.”

  • 73% agree with the statement. Drilling down, 80% of undecided voters agree with this statement as do 76% of those leaning toward one candidate, 66% of Independents, 60% of Republicans and 90% of Democrats.

Agree or Disagree? “Gun rights are important, but conservation is just as important.”

  • 47% of anglers, 40% of hunters and 47% of those who do both activities hold this point of view as do 52% of those undecided on the presidential contest as do 51% of those leaning toward one candidate, 45% of Independents, 50% of Democrats and 45% of Republicans.

Conclusions

  • Hunters and anglers are concerned about our energy future and global warming.
  • Nearly half of these voters have not yet made a firm decision on their presidential vote and remain available to the candidate who addresses their concerns about these issues.
  • They believe the next Congress and the next President should take action now on global warming.

The sample for this survey was randomly drawn from a list of self-identified hunters and anglers. To qualify, a respondent must have indicated they were a hunter, an angler or both as well as a registered voter. All interviews were conducted by telephone. The margin of error for this study is plus or minus 3.2% at the 95% confidence level.