FERNANDINA BEACH, FL. – Despite the remaining uncertainty and turmoil surrounding our nation’s potential presidential candidates, and countless state and local elections on the line in 2016, one thing is certain: Those candidates who fail to support hunting, sport shooting and fishing, will ultimately fail to win the votes of American sportsmen. And with nearly 14 million hunters, over 20 million recreational shooters and more than 33 million anglers, that is a lot of votes lost-enough that it could change the outcome of an election.
This fact was driven home recently when AnglerSurvey.com and HunterSurvey.com surveyed anglers, hunters and shooting enthusiasts regarding their intention to vote in the upcoming presidential elections and how important support of fishing, hunting and sport shooting issues were in casting their vote. Those who said they intend to vote were high in both surveys with 92 percent of AnglerSurvey respondents and 94 percent of HunterSurvey respondents planning to vote for our next president this November.
A candidate’s position on sportfishing issues is important to anglers, with 72 percent of respondents saying it will impact their choice of candidate. Twenty-eight percent said it will not affect their decision. Among hunters and anglers, however, a candidate’s stance on gun and hunting issues is absolutely critical. Nearly 96 percent of those surveyed said a candidate’s positions on the topics will affect their voting decision, while just over four percent said they will not.
About AnglerSurvey.com, HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com:
Launched in 2006, AnglerSurvey.com, HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com help the outdoor equipment industry, government fisheries and wildlife officials and conservation organizations track consumer activities and expenditure trends. Survey results are scientifically analyzed to reflect the attitudes and habits of anglers and hunters across the United States. Follow them on Facebook at http://facebook.com/huntersurvey and