A MORI poll, released immediately after the Commons vote for a ban on hunting with dogs, shows that a majority of the public believes that the government should now bring in a ban on hunting this year, irrespective of the vote in the House of Lords tomorrow.
The last MORI hunting poll*, in January, showed that 72% of the public think fox hunting should not be legal, 80% think so of deer hunting and 81% of hare coursing.
And the new poll** reveals that (with Commons support for a ban) 62% of people would support the government bringing in a ban this year, irrespective of tomorrow's vote in the Lords.
The Commons voted by 386 votes to 175 for a ban on hunting with dogs -- 69% of the vote. Options to retain the status quo or allow hunting under licence were both heavily defeated.
* MORI interviewed a nationally representative quota sample of 1,013 adults aged 16+ by telephone between 18-20 January 2002. Data were weighted to reflect the known population profile.
** MORI interviewed a nationally representative quota sample of 1,003 adults aged 16+ by telephone between 15-17 March 2002. Data were weighted to reflect the known population profile.
March 2002 Hunting Study Topline Results
As you may know, MPs at Westminster will be voting this Monday on whether they wish to see hunting with dogs banned or not. Members of the House of Lords will be voting the following day.
Q If the MPs vote to ban hunting, would you support or oppose the government moving ahead -- irrespective of the Lords' vote -- to bring in a ban on hunting this year?
|Strongly support government bringing in a ban||43|
|Tend to support government bringing in a ban||19|
|Neither support nor oppose government bringing in a ban||9|
|Tend to oppose government bringing in a ban||11|
|Strongly oppose government bringing in a ban||15|