Mason-Dixon Poll on Pennsylvanian’s Attitudes Toward Pigeon Shoots

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625 registered Pennsylvania voters interviewed statewide by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from October 24 through October 26, 2013. Margin for error is plus or minus 4%.
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QUESTION: Pigeon shoots are contests similar to clay or skeet shoots where contestants pay a fee to shoot live animals that are released and launched from traps.  The competitors score by dropping the birds into a scoring ring. The state legislature is considering a bill to prohibit live pigeon shoot contests in the state. Do you support or oppose this legislation?

STATE   MEN   WOMEN   DEMS   REPS   INDS

SUPPORT        75%    64%    83%    81%    66%    77%
OPPOSE         16%    23%    11%    13%    21%    12%
UNDECIDED       9%    13%     6%     6%    13%    11%

QUESTION: Do you believe that Pennsylvania’s pigeon shoots should or should not be required to use clay pigeons rather than live animals?

STATE   MEN   WOMEN   DEMS   REPS   INDS

SHOULD        80%    74%    86%    84%    73%    83%
SHOULD NOT    15%    18%    12%    13%    20%    10%
NOT SURE         5%      8%      2%      3%       7%      7%

QUESTION: Which of the following best describes your view about live pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania?  (ORDER ROTATED)
 
- Pigeon shoots are a tradition that has been around for centuries and the state should preserve live pigeon shoots.

- Live pigeon shoots are animal cruelty, and are unnecessary because target shooting competitions can use clay and skeet.  

STATE   MEN   WOMEN   DEMS   REPS   INDS

CRUELTY        83%    78%    87%    88%    74%    84%
TRADITION     15%    19%    12%    11%    22%    13%
NOT SURE        2%     3%     1%     1%     4%     3%

QUESTION: If the legislature passed a bill to prohibit live pigeon shoots, would you support or oppose Governor Tom Corbett signing the bill into law?

STATE   MEN   WOMEN   DEMS   REPS   INDS

SUPPORT        77%    68%    85%    84%    64%    84%
OPPOSE         15%    20%    11%    12%    20%    13%
UNDECIDED       8%    12%     4%     4%    16%     3%

QUESTION: Generally speaking, do you support or oppose state legislators’ efforts to ensure humane treatment of animals?

STATE   MEN   WOMEN   DEMS   REPS   INDS

SUPPORT        86%    80%    91%    91%    79%    89%
OPPOSE          8%    11%     6%     7%    10%     8%
UNDECIDED       6%     9%     3%     2%    11%     3%

DEMOGRAPHICS:

- In terms of your party registration, are you currently registered as a: 

Democrat                293 (47%)
Republican              217 (35%)
Independent or Other    115 (18%)
AGE:          18-34              103 (16%)
35-49              173 (28%)
50-64              174 (28%)
65+                171 (27%)
Refused              4  (1%)
SEX:
Male               303 (48%)
Female             322 (52%)
REGION:       Philadelphia Metro215 (34%)
Northeast PA       100 (16%)
Central PA         95 (15%)
Pittsburgh Metro   125 (20%)
Western PA         90 (14%)

OCTOBER 2013 HSUS PENNSYLVANIA POLL