Wednesday, April 04, 2012

That liberal won't hunt

OneSTDV's post in support of the idea of hunting led me to wonder about the political orientation of hunters. It has red-state written all over it, of course--NRA membership, male bonding, virility, self-reliance--so it comes as little surprise that hunters, as a group, lean conservative. But as the tagline captures this blog's raison d'etre, this must be quantified!

The following table breaks political orientation down among hunters (or families with hunters in them--those included in the "hunter" column are either themselves hunters or have spouses who hunt, constituting about 18% of the population) and the deli meat majority. For contemporary relevance, all data are from 2000 onward:

OrientationHuntersThe rest
Liberal17.1%28.3%
Moderate39.2%39.2%
Conservative43.7%32.4%

The hunting gap is actually narrower than I expected it to be.

GSS variables used: YEAR(2000-2010), HUNT(1-3)(4), POLVIEWS(1-3)(4)(5-7)

1 comment:

Saint Louis said...

But how many of the liberals in the hunters category are actually the wives of hunters?