March 22, 2011
Humane Society Poll: Iowans Oppose Dove Hunting Season
By Chad Love
There are—to paraphrase an old saw—lies, damned lies and polls. And a new poll commissioned by the Humane Society of the United States finds that a majority of Iowans don't want the state to create a dove hunting season. Shocked?
From this story in the Des Moines Register:
A majority of Iowa voters oppose opening a dove hunting season here, according to a survey funded by a group lobbying against the proposal. Asked if they support or oppose allowing dove hunting, 54 percent of Iowans said oppose and 25 percent said support, according to a survey commissioned by the Humane Society of the United States, a Washington, D.C.-based animal protection group. A substantial number of Iowans, 21 percent, are undecided, according to the statewide survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc.
A bill before the Iowa Senate would authorize the state Natural Resource Commission to establish a dove-hunting season. A vote on Senate File 464 in the next week or so seems likely, senators have said. A majority of Iowa Democrats, Republicans and independents all share opposition, according to the survey released Monday. Women share stronger opposition than men: 63 percent of women are against dove hunting while 44 percent of men are opposed.
Perhaps Iowans should just give up on the notion of ever having a dove season? We all know polls don't lie, omit pertinent information or contain leading questions that help affirm the political desires of the organization commissioning the poll, right?