From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 1996:
Findings from a telephone poll of 1,004
randomly selected adult Americans from all states but
Alaska and Hawaii, commissioned by the Associated
Press, and published on December 2, are in plain
type. Findings from the methodologically most similar
polls we have on file, if we have any, are in italicized
Animal protection laws go too far: 18%.
Animal protection laws don’t go far enough: 33%.
Laws are okay now: 43%.
Don’t know or no answer: 6%.
An animal’s right to live free of suffering should
be just as important as a person’s.
Agree strongly: 38%
Agree somewhat: 29%
Disagree somewhat: 18%
Disagree strong: 12%
Don’t know or no answer: 4%
Do you think the use of animals to test medical
treatments is always right, right under some
circumstances, seldom right, or never right?
Always right: 8% (36%)
Right under some circumstances: 62% (28%)
Seldom right: 15% (6%)
Never right: 14% (23%)
Don’t know or no answer: 2% (8%)
(AMA Survey of Public Opinion
on Health Care Issues, 1989.)
Do you think the use of animals to test cosmetics is
is always right, right under some circumstances,
seldom right, or never right?
Always right: 2% (38%)
Right under some circumstances: 29%. (5%)
Never right: 46%. (49%)
Don’t know or no answer: 3%. (8%)
(Denver Post/News 4 Poll, 1990.)
Do you think there are circumstances where it’s
okay to hunt an animal for sport, or do you think
it’s always wrong to hunt an animal for sport?
Yes, under some circumstances: 47%. (53%)
Always wrong: 51%. (47%)
Don’t know or no answer: 2%.
(Pennsylvania Wildlife & Its Use, Donald
Heintzelman, Wildlife Information Center, 1986.)
How often do you eat meat, poultry, or fish?
Frequently: 71%. (73%)
Occasionally: 21%. (17%)
Rarely: 6%. (7%)
Never: 2%. (3%)
The AP poll was conducted by the ICR
Survey Research Group, and was weighted to proportionally
represent key factors such as age, gender,
region, income level, and level of education.