Majority of Scots oppose fox hunting ban being lifted

A new poll conducted by Ipsos MORI Scotland on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports, Scotland suggests that the majority of Scots would oppose any move to make fox hunting legal again.

Majority of Scots oppose fox hunting ban being lifted

A new poll conducted by Ipsos MORI Scotland on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports, Scotland suggests that the majority of Scots would oppose any move to make fox hunting legal again.

More than 8 out of 10 respondents (84%) believe that fox hunting should not be made legal again, while 11% think it should be made legal again and 4% don’t know.

Although opposition to making fox hunting legal again is high among all sections of society in Scotland, it is most strong among women (88%) and young people, aged 18-24 (98%).

When asked whether the ban on fox hunting in Scotland has worked as intended, opinion is more evenly split; 44% think that the ban has not worked and that fox hunting still occurs in Scotland, while 40% believe it has worked and that it does not occur anywhere in Scotland, and 16% don’t know. This means that, of those who expressed an opinion, a small majority (53%) think that fox hunting still occurs in Scotland while 47% do not.

Mark Diffley, Director at Ipsos MORI Scotland said:
‘Fox hunting has been illegal in Scotland since 2002 and there appears to be little appetite among Scots to lift the ban and make it legal again. This puts public opinion on the issue in line with opinion in England and Wales, where 81% opposed the legalisation of fox hunting in our December 2014 poll. Scots appear less convinced about the effectiveness of the current ban, with just over half of those who expressed an opinion believing that fox hunting still takes place in Scotland.’

Technical details:

  • Results are based on a survey of 1,006 respondents in Scotland (adults aged 18+) conducted by telephone, on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports, Scotland
  • Results on whether the fox hunting ban has or has not worked as intended are based on 842 respondents who gave an opinion
  • Fieldwork dates: 17th March to 25th March 2015
  • Data are weighted by: age, sex and working status using census data; tenure using Scottish Household Survey data; and public-private sector employment using Scottish Government Quarterly Public Sector Employment series data
  • Where results do not sum to 100%, this may be due to computer rounding, multiple responses, or the exclusion of “don’t know” categories

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