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The Wild World of Wolves
America Wants Wolves to Stay
National Wildlife Federation
National Public Opinion Poll

This poll was conducted for the National Wildlife Federation by the Maryland-based survey firm of Lauer, Lalley, Victoria Inc. Interviews for the survey were conducted between January 5 and 8, 1998. A total of 1200 interviews were completed with a representative sample of the general public nationwide, including samples of over 200 interviews in both Idaho and Wyoming. The margin of error for the national sample is 3.5 percent.

1. First, please tell me if you strongly agree, partly agree, partly disagree or strongly disagree with the following statement: "I consider myself to be an environmentalist."
National
Wyoming
Idaho
Strongly Agree
35%
27%
31%
Partly Agree
47
46
41
Partly Disagree
9
15
16
Strongly Disagree
5
11
10
Not Sure
3
2
3

2. In general, do you support or oppose the idea of returning endangered wildlife species to their native habitats on public lands such as national parks?
National
Wyoming
Idaho
Support Strongly
61%
41%
43%
Support
23
21
15
Oppose
4
11
10
Oppose Strongly
5
18
21
Not Sure
7
10
12

3. Two years ago, a program was begun to return wolves, an endangered species, to Yellowstone National Park and wilderness areas of central Idaho. How much have you heard about this wolf reintroduction program?
National
Wyoming
Idaho
Great Deal
13%
66%
37%
Some
33
16
18
Not Much
23
10
7
Nothing At All
30
37
3
Not Sure
1
-
-

4. In general, do you support or oppose the idea of returning wolves to the wild in Yellowstone and central Idaho?
National
Wyoming
Idaho
Support Strongly
50%
32%
37%
Support
26
16
18
Oppose
6
10
7
Oppose Strongly
7
37%
33%
Not Sure
11
6
5

5. [This question was asked only of Idaho and Wyoming residents] Thinking back a few years ago to when the program to return wolves to Yellowstone and Central Idaho was first started: Did you support or oppose the program at that time?
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Wyoming
Idaho
Support
41%
47%
Oppose
43
31
Not Sure
17
23

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8. Wolves belong in wild places because they are an important part of the natural ecosystem.
National
Wyoming
Idaho
Strongly Agree
70%
53%
60%
Partly Agree
24
29
27
Partly Disagree
2
6
6
Strongly Disagree
2
10
6
Not Sure
2
2
1