SHARE

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?

MORE TO READ