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Center for Rural Studies, 2019 Vermonter Poll Result





VWC sponsored a survey question on UVM Center Rural Studies' annual Vermonter Poll. The poll is statewide, and scientifically conducted and valid. Poll results came out on March 22, 2019 and couldn't be more up-to-date. 

The Question:

VT wildlife is by law, a resource for all Vermonters. Regulations about non-game wildlife, that is, wildlife not trapped, hunted or fished are made by professional staff at the department of fish and wildlife. Regulations about game wildlife, that is, wildlife that are trapped, hunted or fished are made by the volunteer fish and wildlife board. Governor Scott has stated that appointments to that board are overwhelmingly drawn from trappers, hunters and anglers. Should regulations that impact wildlife that is trapped hunted or fished be made by a volunteer board appointed by the governor, or by professional staff from the department of fish and wildlife?


The Outcomes:


Volunteer board appointed by the governor

# of respondents - 111

16.6 percent


Professional staff from the Department of Fish & Wildlife

# of respondents - 452

67.7 percent 

[Don't Read] Don't know

# of respondents - 105

15.7 percent 

2019 Vermonter Poll Methodology

Data were collected by the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont as part of the 2019 Vermonter Poll. The survey was conducted between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. beginning on February 19, 2019 and ending February 28, 2019. Telephone polling was conducted from the University of Vermont using computer-aided telephone interviewing (CATI). A random sample for the poll was drawn from a list of Vermont landline and cellular telephone numbers. Only Vermont residents over the age of eighteen were interviewed. The poll included questions on a variety of subject areas relevant to Vermonters.


A total of 680 Vermont residents over the age of 18 agreed to participate and completed the survey. Based upon 680 valid responses, the overall study results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent with a confidence level of 95 percent.  This means that if this study were replicated 100 times, 95 of those times, the results would fall within +/-3.8% of the results found in this effort.  

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