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Majority Of Victorians Want Duck Shooting Banned

A large majority of Victorians (75%) think that the shooting of native water birds for recreational purposes should be banned in Victoria.  Twenty percent think it should not be banned, and 5% are undecided, a survey conducted by Roy Morgan Research has found.

When informed that due to drought and climate change, the numbers of native water birds across eastern Australia have dropped by over 80%, that at least one in four native water birds shot at are wounded, and that duck shooting has been banned in WA, NSW and Queensland, the proportion of Victorians who want to see the activity banned increases to 87%.  Then just 10% of Victorians think it should not be banned, and 3% remain undecided.

With the State Government soon to decide whether the 2008 duck shooting season will proceed, analysis by State voting intention shows that almost all supporters of The Greens (98%) support a ban on the shooting of native water birds.  Large majorities of ALP supporters (87%) and supporters of Other Parties/Independent Candidates (84%) and L-NP supporters (83%) also want to see the activity banned.

Those living in Melbourne (91%) were more likely than those in country areas to think the shooting of native water birds should be banned, but even in country areas an overwhelming majority (77%) think the activity should be banned.

The survey was conducted amongst a representative cross-sectional sample of 637 Victorians aged 14 years and over to between October 3 and 27, 2007. 

This survey was conducted by Roy Morgan Research on behalf of the Coalition Against Duck Shooting and Voiceless.

 

For further information:

Karen Schwensen (Roy Morgan Research)             Mobile +61 401 994 204

Laurie Levy (Coalition Against Duck Shooting)       Mobile +61 418 392 826

Analysis by Sex, Age & Area

Respondents were first asked:  “In your opinion, should the shooting of native water birds for recreational purposes be banned in Victoria?” 

Those who initially thought the shooting of native water birds should not be banned in Victoria, or who were undecided (25%) were told:   “You may or may not be aware that due to drought and climate change, the numbers of native water birds across eastern Australia have dropped by over 80%, that at least one in four native water birds shot at, are wounded, and that duck shooting has been banned in WA, NSW and Queensland.”

These respondents were then asked “Knowing that, do you believe the recreational shooting of native water birds in Victoria should be banned, or not?”

Women (94%) were more likely than men (81%) to say the shooting of native water birds should be banned.  Support for banning this activity was highest amongst younger people (14-17 year olds — 91%) and lowest amongst those aged 35-49 (86%). 

People living in Melbourne (91%) were more likely than those living in country areas (77%) to favour banning the shooting of native water birds.

 

SEX

AGE

AREA

 

Total

Respondents

 

(637)
%

Men


(306)
%

Women


(331)
%

14-17#


(40)
%

18-24


(69)
%

25-34


(111)
%

35-49


(172)
%

50+

 

(245)
%

Melbourne

 

(453)

%

Vic

X-City

 

(184)

%

Initially thought should be banned

75

67

83

80

74

76

71

77

80

63

TOTAL think should be banned

87

81

94

91

88

89

86

87

91

77

Should not be banned

10

15

5

7

12

10

11

10

7

19

Can't Say

3

4

1

2

-

1

3

3

2

4

Base:  Total Respondents

# Sample sizes less than 50 should be treated with caution

Analysis by State Voting Intention

Analysis by State voting intention showed a difference in attitude of supporters of the major parties in relation to the issue of recreational shooting of native water birds - 87% of ALP supporters felt the activity should be banned, compared with 83% L-NP supporters.  Greens supporters (98%) were most strongly in favour of banning the activity.

 

Total

Electors

 

(545)

%

ALP


(269)

%

L-NP


(184)

%

The

Greens#


(45)

%

Other Parties / Independent

Candidates#
(19)
%

Can’t Say / Refused#


(28)
%

Initially thought should be banned

76

74

74

89

78

79

TOTAL think should be banned

87

87

83

98

84

97

Should not be banned

11

11

14

2

11

3

Can't Say

2

2

3

-

5

-

Base:  Total Electors

# Sample sizes less than 50 should be treated with caution

Margin of Error

The margin of error to be allowed for in any estimate depends mainly on the number of interviews on which it is based. The following table gives indications of the likely range within which estimates would be 95% likely to fall, expressed as the number of percentage points above or below the actual estimate. The figures are approximate and for general guidance only, and assume a simple random sample. Allowance for design effects (such as stratification and weighting) should be made as appropriate.

Sample Size

Percentage Estimate

 

40%-60%

25% or 75%

10% or 90%

5% or 95%

500

±4.5

±3.9

±2.7

±1.9

1,000

±3.2

±2.7

±1.9

±1.4

The Morgan Poll is conducted by the ONLY Australian and New Zealand member of the Gallup International Association.

No Other public opinion poll taken in Australia has this qualification.