Sportsmen Prioritize Conservation Over Fossil Fuel Development [Poll]

In a poll conducted for the National Wildlife Federation, 2 out of 3 self-identified hunters and anglers said they believe that our society is morally obligated to confront climate change. Although the sportsmen polled had a mix of political affiliations that weighted on the conservative side (42% Republican, 32% Independent, 18% Democrat), a strong majority support traditionally liberal initiatives that are pro-conservation: the clean water act, government regulation on carbon emissions and other air pollutants, and protection of public land over drilling and mining for fossil fuels — even at the cost of limiting domestic production.

PUBLIC LANDS: Conservation tops drilling and mining for sportsmen — poll

Cross-post from E&E News PM

by Phil Taylor

Hunters and anglers say conservation of public lands is more important than developing them for oil, coal or natural gas, according to a new poll released today.

The poll conducted for the National Wildlife Federation also found nearly half of hunters and anglers say conservation is as important as gun rights and that two out of three believe humans are morally obligated to confront global warming.

Chesapeake Beach Consulting, a Republican pollster, conducted the survey in late August among 800 self-identified hunters and anglers.

“Hunters and anglers tend to be conservative politically, but many are split-ticket and independent voters,” said Bob Carpenter, president of CBC. “What’s clear from this poll is that sportsmen deeply value conservation and believe we have a moral responsibility to confront global warming to protect our children’s future.”

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