New Jersey voters split over approval of a bear-hunting season in the
Results from men and women are mirror opposites: nearly half of men (48%) approve of a bear-hunting season while nearly half of women (48%) disapprove. But disagreement is also reflected in partisanship: a majority of Republicans (57%) say they approve but a majority of Democrats (56%) say they disapprove. Results vary little by geography except in the state’s more rural northwest corner where a majority (52%) approves of a bear hunting season.
In response to the poll, Pete Furey, executive director the New Jersey Farm Bureau, said "while respecting the sensibilities of all
The question of allowing a bear hunt has been asked in different ways with varying results. A year ago, PublicMind asked a question about a hunt made conditional on scientific advice that bears were exceeding their habitat limits and destroying property. In that case, 58% would agree to a hunt with 32% still disagreeing. “As with any complex policy issue, voters’ attitudes will depend to a large degree on the information they have,” said Peter Woolley a political scientist and director of the poll. “Information with scientific authority impacts people’s attitudes. In the absence of more information, most New Jerseyans don’t know quite what to make of bears and bear-hunting.”
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