67% would allow limited hunt of wolves
Lansing, Mich. – A limited wolf hunt has majority support in every part of the state, except the City of Detroit. Even in the city, 47 percent of voters are willing to support a limited hunt. Sixty-seven percent of all voters said they would support a limited hunt of wolves if they knew that in small rural areas of the state, wolves were attacking other animals and posing a threat to people.
“The Humane Society of the United States may have bitten off more than they can chew by bankrolling the campaign to protect wolves in Michigan. This will not be as easy as the 2006 campaign to ban the hunting of mourning doves. It won’t take many ads showing a snarling wolf to convince people that a limited hunt is justified in Michigan,” said Bill Ballenger, Associate Editor of Inside Michigan Politics.
In the most recent Michigan Poll conducted by Marketing Resource Group and Mitchell Research and Communications for Inside Michigan Politics, support for the hunting of wolves never fell below 65 percent outside of the Detroit metropolitan area.
The actual wording of the question is below:
Hunting wolves was declared against the law when they became an endangered species in Michigan several years ago. Now, however, the number of wolves has gotten large enough that claims are being made that the wolves are attacking other animals and pose a threat to people in small rural areas and should be reduced in number. With this background, do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose legislation that would allow a limited hunting season on wolves?
Strongly support: 32%
Somewhat support: 35 | 67%
Somewhat oppose: 9 | 26%
Strongly oppose: 17%
[VOLUNTEERED] Don’t Know/Refused: 6%
MRG/MR&C MICHIGAN POLL
Conducted October 6-10, 2013
(N=600 Likely Voters)
Live Telephone Interviewers
MOE + or – 4% at 95% Level of Confidence
77% Landline – 23% Cell Phone
About Marketing Resource Group, Inc.
Lansing, Michigan-based Marketing Resource Group, Inc. is an award-winning PR firm representing corporate, association, nonprofit, and private clients with interests in Michigan. MRG offers expertise in public affairs, communications, political campaign management, and public opinion survey research. For more than thirty years, MRG has conducted its bi-annual omnibus Michigan Poll™, tracking the pulse of Michigan voters on key statewide public policy and political issues. MRG is the only Michigan public opinion survey research firm that maintains nearly 30 years of trend analyses of voter attitudes related to state and national leaders, political parties, and the political and economic climate in Michigan.
About Inside Michigan Politics
Inside Michigan Politics is the largest circulation, state-based bi-weekly political newsletter in North America.
About Mitchell Research and Communications
Mitchell Research and Communications, Inc. is a Michigan based, national full-service firm specializing in public affairs, market research and political polling, political consulting, crisis management and legislative advocacy. The firm also provides voter identification and GOTV programs. The company has worked for corporate, association, political, governmental and media clients for more than 25 years. It has been the pollster for television stations and newspapers in Michigan, California, Missouri, Florida, and South Carolina. It’s main office and telephone center is based in East Lansing, Michigan.