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Poll: Swing Voter Sportsmen Undecided on Candidates, but Not on Issues

August 29, 2008

Denver, CO - The Democratic Convention is over, and hunters and anglers of all political stripes who attended already have Minnesota and next week's Republican National Convention in their sights. They see it as another forum where they can push for action on conservation issues, including global warming.

A recent poll by American Viewpoint found that people who hunt and fish are swing voters in this election, with more than half not yet committed to voting for a particular presidential candidate. Most poll respondents consider both gun rights and conservation to be important.

David Crockett is an avid sportsman and descendant of iconic frontiersman Davey Crockett. He told the sporting crowd in Denver that it's time for politicians to get down to serious business on reducing climate change and its threats to wildlife.

"In Minneapolis next week we'll be in a state that had 4,000 moose at the time of the 2000 election; today the state of Minnesota has 400 moose. That has happened in that short period of time."

Crockett says there needs to be a bold initiative to take fast, meaningful action to halt global warming.

The poll found strong support among hunters and anglers for developing more renewable sources of energy--including wind, solar and biofuels--to help reduce climate-changing pollution.

Larry Schweiger is the CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, which commissioned the poll. He says it found most sportsmen are Republicans or independents who consider themselves to be conservative or very conservative--and they're worried about climate change.

"This is not an issue of left and right, but an issue of right and wrong. Hunters and anglers understand that we need to work together as never before to move toward a new energy economy."

The poll results are online at

Eric Mack/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - CO