Hunters and Anglers Want Leadership on Global Warming
It could play a role in presidential primary
CONCORD, NH -- The majority of New Hampshire's hunters and anglers say global warming threatens the future of the state's skiing, fishing, hunting and maple syrup industries, and that the nation's political leaders are doing too little to address it, a statewide poll of hunters and anglers reveals.
"This is not an issue of left or right, it's a matter of right or wrong," said Eric Orff, lifelong New Hampshire sportsman and consultant for the National Wildlife Federation. "Any presidential candidate that comes through New Hampshire needs to know global warming is at the front of sportsmen's minds. Last Friday, just two weeks before the start of moose hunting season, we nearly broke a record high in Concord at 85 degrees--too hot for man or moose."
A phone survey of 600 self-identified hunters and anglers, more than half of whom consider themselves politically conservative, was conducted September 23-26 to obtain their views on global warming. The results revealed that the majority (60%) of New Hampshire sportsmen believe global warming threatens New Hampshire's quality of life, and even stronger majorities believe it threatens the future of skiing, hunting, fishing and maple syrup production, some of the state's most lucrative recreational and commercial enterprises.
Among the highlights:
72% of hunters and anglers in New Hampshire believe global warming is occurring, with 63% indicating that human activity is a contributing factor;
75% of New Hampshire sportsmen believe our elected officials have a strong moral responsibility to act now to confront global warming and protect our children's future;
By a two to one margin, global warming is the most important conservation issue among these voters;
One in every three respondents (32%) report that they have already seen changes to wildlife habitats that they think may be caused by global warming;
66% of New Hampshire sportsmen agree global warming is an urgent problem requiring immediate action and a majority (57%) believe the United States is doing too little to address the issue;
More than three-quarters (77%) agree the United States should be a world leader in addressing global warming and 87% agree that we can improve the economy and create jobs while confronting global warming;
New Hampshire hunters and anglers would be attracted to a candidate who agrees with them on addressing global warming, and only 14 percent have decided who they will vote for in the upcoming presidential primary.
"New Hampshire sportsmen want America to lead on global warming solutions," Orff said. "Just one in five would support a candidate who wants the U.S. to wait for developing countries to reduce their pollution before we take action."
The National Wildlife Federation commissioned American Viewpoint, Inc. of Alexandria, Va. to conduct the non-partisan survey. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.1 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.
Based on this survey, the profile of a New Hampshire sportsman primary voter is a white male, living in small town or rural New Hampshire. More than half of the survey respondents (51%) consider themselves politically conservative and all of those surveyed indicate they are regular voters.
Hunting and angling represent a major economic base in New Hampshire. In 2006, more than 228,000 anglers spent more than $177 million in New Hampshire on their sport. Another 60,000 hunters spent $80 million in the state, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Complete poll results are available at www.nwf.org/news or www.targetglobalwarming.org
The National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. NWF is a 501c3 nonpartisan organization and cannot endorse or support candidates for public office.