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68 percent support controlling the wolf population in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. – Sixty-eight percent of Michigan voters support legislation that would allow for a limited hunting season of wolves in Michigan, according to the latest statewide survey conducted by Marketing Resource Group (MRG) of Lansing.

The strongest support for the legislation is in northern Michigan, where 81 percent of voters agree that the wolf population needs to be controlled. Seventy-nine percent of the Bay City, Saginaw, and Flint area support the legislation, as do 69 percent of the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo area. Strong support also comes from the Lansing area, with 77 percent in support. Metro Detroit and the Cadillac and Traverse City area are the least supportive, with 63 percent and 64 percent support, respectively.

“This has become a serious issue in northern Michigan, so we’re not surprised to see such strong support from that region of the state,” said Tom Shields, president of MRG. “The high level of support from the rest of the state will make it tough to pass a ballot proposal to stop wolf hunts in Michigan.”

Results revealed support from both parties, with 56 percent of Democrats and 83 percent of Republicans supporting the measure. Seventy-four percent of ticket splitters are also in support.

There was not a significant gender gap of those who support, with 70 percent of men in favor and 66 percent of women in favor. This gap remained steady across most age groups.

The majority of blue-collar workers support wolf hunting, at 76 percent. Homemakers and retirees were mostly supportive of this legislation as well, at 76 percent and 67 percent, respectively.

The actual wording of the question and the results are 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 support or oppose legislation that would allow a limited hunting season on wolves?

Strongly support: 41.2%
Somewhat support: 26.7%
Somewhat oppose: 8.7%
Strongly oppose: 17.2%
Don’t know: 6.0%
Refused: 0.3%

TOTAL IN SUPPORT: 67.9%
TOTAL OPPOSE: 25.9%

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Marketing Resource Group’s Spring 2014 MRG Michigan Poll was conducted March 24 through March 28. The poll was conducted by live professionally trained telephone interviewers. The random sample, consisting of 600 likely voters who indicated that they will be voting in the November general election, has a margin of error of ±4 percentage points or less within a 95 percent degree of confidence.

The cluster sample was drawn from a list of voters likely to vote in the November general elections, which is determined by their participation in previous statewide general elections. The individuals included in that list and their voting histories are updated monthly. The poll sample is stratified by statewide voter turnout and is geographically representative of general election voter turnout in Michigan. Twenty percent of the respondents are likely voters who live in cell phone-only households. Those respondents were manually dialed, contacted and interviewed on their cell-phones and they indicated that they do not have a land line telephone in their homes.

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.

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