Iowa Sportsmen Want Global Warming Leadership

Not an issue of left or right, a matter of right or wrong

10-31-2007 // Miles Grant


DES MOINES, IA -- Three-quarters of Iowa sportsmen say we have a strong moral responsibility to act now to curb the worst effects of global warming and protect our children's future. That's according to a new statewide poll of hunters and anglers released today by the National Wildlife Federation. It also shows that of the sportsmen who say they'll vote in January's caucuses, just nine percent have decided who they'll support.

"Despite a majority calling themselves conservative politically, Iowa sportsmen know climate change is not an issue of left or right, it's a matter of right or wrong," said Joe Wilkinson, lifelong Iowa sportsman and Iowa Wildlife Federation president. "Sportsmen believe global warming is the top conservation issue facing Iowa. Any presidential candidate that comes through Iowa needs to know global warming is at the front of sportsmen's minds."

Among the highlights:

  • 69% believe global warming is currently occurring
  • Three-quarters (75%) agree the United States should be a world leader in addressing global warming
  • An amazing six out of seven (84%) agree we can improve the environment and strengthen the economy by investing in renewable energy technologies that create jobs while reducing global warming
  • 66% of hunters and anglers say conservation is just as important, if not more important, to them as gun rights issues

Complete poll results are available at or

Hunting and angling represent a major economic base in Iowa. In 2006, more than 436,000 anglers spent more than $313 million in Iowa on their sport. More than 254,000 hunters spent $296 million in the state, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Warmer average temperatures and changes in precipitation could significantly reduce available wetland habitat, including prairie potholes in Northern Iowa and wetlands in the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. These places provide critical breeding and stopover habitat for hundreds of thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds. In addition, the state bird, the American goldfinch, may contract its breeding range to the northern part of the state due to changes in climate.

The National Wildlife Federation commissioned American Viewpoint, Inc. of Alexandria, Va. to conduct the non-partisan survey of 600 self-identified hunters and anglers September 6-11 to obtain their views on global warming. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.1 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.

The National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. NWF is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan organization and cannot endorse or support candidates for public office.

Immediate Release: October 31 2007

Miles Grant, Communications Manager, 703-438-6023 (office), 703-864-9599 (cell),