Public Opinion On Hunting With Dogs

Two surveys of over 2,000 people in Britain were carried out in February by Ipsos MORI for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the RSPCA and the League Against Cruel Sports.

Public Opinion On Hunting With Dogs

Two recent surveys of over 2,000 people in Britain were carried out in February by Ipsos MORI for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the RSPCA and the League Against Cruel Sports.

The first survey (Note 1). found that when people were asked about their views on whether certain -- currently illegal -- hunting activities should be made legal again, that on fox hunting, nearly three quarters, 73%, said fox hunting should remain illegal, while nearly a quarter, 22%, felt it should be made legal. Comparable figures for deer hunting were 81% vs 12% and for hare hunting & coursing 82% vs 12%.

The re-introduction of dog fighting (96% opposed) and badger baiting (93%) were opposed by the greatest percentage of the public.

The second survey (Note 2). asked whether people felt that those who currently take part in hunting with dogs -- despite it being illegal -- should be allowed to do so.

Around seven in ten (71 %) said believed that hunters should not be allowed to break the law, while 15% felt they should.

Technical details

  1. Ipsos MORI conducted a nationally representative survey of 2,110 face-to-face in-home interviews with adults aged 15+ in 198 sampling points throughout Great Britain. Fieldwork was conducted from 1-7 February 2008. Results are weighted to the 15+ GB population profile.
  2. Ipsos MORI conducted a nationally representative survey of 2,007 face-to-face interviews conducted with adults aged 15+ across 181 sampling points throughout Great Britain. Fieldwork was conducted from 8-14 February 2008. Data is weighted to the known profile of Great Britain.

Please note where results do not sum to 100%, this will be due to the omission of those who said they didn't know, or may be due to multiple responses or computer rounding.

Topline Results

Survey One

  • Results based on 2,110 face-to-face interviews conducted with adults aged 15+ in Great Britain.
  • Fieldwork was conducted from 1-7 February 2008.
  • Results are based on all respondents (2,110) unless otherwise stated.
  • Data is weighted to the known profile of Great Britain.
  • Where results do not sum to 100%, this may be due to multiple responses or computer rounding.

Q1 Now a question about sports where animals are set on other animals to fight or kill them.

These activities are currently illegal in the United Kingdom.

For each one I read out, please tell me whether you think it should or should not be made legal again.

160 Yes, should be made legal again no, should not be made legal again Don't Know
160 % % %
Dog fighting 2 96 2
Badger Baiting 4 93 4
Fox hunting 22 73 6
Deer Hunting 12 81 6
Hare hunting and coursing 12 82 8

Survey Two

  • Results based on 2,007 face-to-face interviews conducted with adults aged 15+ in Great Britain across 181 sampling points.
  • Fieldwork was conducted from 8 - 14 February 2008.
  • Results are based on all respondents (2,007) unless otherwise stated.
  • Data is weighted to the known profile of Great Britain.
  • Where results do not sum to 100%, this may be due to multiple responses or computer rounding.

Q1 Now a question about hunting with dogs (that is fox hunting, deer hunting, stag hunting and hare hunting and coursing) Hunting with dogs is illegal in Great Britain - but despite this sometimes people still take part.

To what extent do you agree or disagree that ...

People should be allowed to break the law banning hunting with dogs.

160 %
Strongly agree 6
Tend to agree 8
Neither agree nor disagree 13
Tend to disagree 16
Strongly disagree 55
Don't know/depends 2
Agree 15
Disagree 71

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