Thursday, June 19, 2008
Oklahoma City, OK - On November 15th, 2005, a press release was issued concerning a professional poll conducted by Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Associates. Because it was a legitimate poll -- not an online poll that can be spammed by pit bull advocates -- it showed legitimate results. The often silent, common sense majority voice was finally heard.
The majority favored a ban on pit bulls 55% to 35%.At the time, State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft was proposing a statewide bill to ban pit bulls in Oklahoma. People currently owning pit bulls could keep their dogs, but would have to meet certain requirements. Wesselhoft said the polling firm conducted the survey without his knowledge. He also addressed "pit bull spamming" activities in the press release:
"Some of my colleagues were under the impression that the majority of Oklahomans opposed the ban because legislators have received a flurry of calls and e-mails from people who were against banning pit bulls. However, most of those contacts were generated by a strongly organized vocal minority of breeders and owners, many of whom were from out of state."Wesselhoft added that the results of the survey clearly demonstrated strong support for the ban across the state and across both political parties, as well as among urban, rural, conservative, liberal and moderate voters. Wesselhoft prepared his bill (House Bill 2658) for the 2006 legislative session, but ultimately it did not gain enough support from fellow legislators.
The Results of the Poll Showed
- Men favored the ban 49% to 42%, and women favored the ban 60% to 30%.
- There was hardly contrast between urban and rural dwellers. Urban people favored the ban 56% to 35%, and rural folks favored the ban 54% to 36%.
- The contrast between political parties was similarly small. Republicans favored the ban, 52% to 36%, and Democrats favored the ban, 58% percent to 34% percent.
- Senior citizens were the most adamant about the ban with 62% favoring it and 50% of that amount "strongly" favoring the ban.
- Of the three key Oklahoma political sectors, Democrats who supported Bush in the last election favored the ban 55% to 35%, those undecided on a gubernatorial ballot favored the ban 50% to 37% and Democrats that attended church on a regular basis favored the ban 60% to 29%.
- When positioned alongside the question of stiffer penalties for owners of attacking dogs, the majority opted for stiffer penalties 45% to 12% with 25% of poll takers wanting both stiffer penalties and a ban.
The survey polling group, Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Associates, cautioned that those who "love pit bulls" would be wise to support very tough civil and criminal penalties on the owners of dogs who attack while the public still supports this less drastic action.
Five months before the poll was taken, Cody Yelton, 3-years old, was yanked through two fences by his neighbor's pit bulls. Cody's left arm had to be amputated. An attempt was later made to pass Cody's Law (SB 2658) with the help of Wesselhoft.
Two months after the poll was taken, the first of two Oklahoma dog attack fatalities occur -- both by pit bulls. Cody Adair, 4-years old of Bartlesville, was killed by his uncle's pit bull. The dog had reportedly "never" shown aggression before. In 2007, Rosalie Bivins of Ada, was brutally killed by a pack of loose pit bulls as she fetched her mail.
09/22/08: Oklahoma: One State's Struggle with a Breed-Specific Prohibition
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| 6/19/2008 8:36 AM |
Ontario had a similar poll.
UPI Top Stories) TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2004 (UPI) -- Most residents of Ontario are in favor of banning pit bulls, a survey has found.
Ontarians are frightened after hearing recent reports of attacks by the dogs and are not shy about their feelings, said Nik Nanos, president and CEO of SES Research, which conducted a survey obtained by Sun Media.
"I think the clear message is that a majority of Ontarians -- almost six out of every 10 -- want the pit bull breed of dog off the streets," Nanos said in a Toronto Sun story. "There's a certain image of the pit bull and it's not positive."
Forty-two percent said they'd "strongly support" a ban on pit bulls, while 16 percent "somewhat support" such action, 15 percent "strongly oppose" a ban and 11 percent "somewhat oppose" it. Fourteen percent were unsure.
Attorney General Michael Bryant may introduce legislation to ban pit bulls in Ontario, after a Toronto man was badly injured by a friend's two pit bulls. Police shot and killed the animals.
Bryant is expected to make a decision on a ban by year's end.