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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:

Orientation Hunters The rest
Liberal 17.1% 28.3%
Moderate 39.2% 39.2%
Conservative 43.7% 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)

(Republished from The Audacious Epigone by permission of author or representative)
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  1. But how many of the liberals in the hunters category are actually the wives of hunters?

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