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Voters Not "Wild" About Palin's Conservation Record in Alaska after Viewing Ad


Anit-Palin Ad - Wildlife Record

Flemington, NJ, September 16, 2008 – A new national focus group among 312 self-reported Democrats, Republicans and Independents, revealed that after viewing a new ad by the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund regarding "Palin's Wildlife Record", there was moderate movement among all parties toward Barack Obama.

The study was conducted by HCD Research and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion (MCIPO) on September 15, to obtain Americans' perceptions of a new ad which questions Governor Sarah Palin's record in regard to wildlife in Alaska.

"The ad which focuses on Governor Palin's record regarding the treatment of wildlife in Alaska seemed to strike a chord with voters," commented Glenn Kessler, president and CEO, HCD Research.  "The recent ads from both parties have had little impact among voters. This is the first ad in over a month that seems to have broken through," he added.

Among the study findings:

The ad earned Barack Obama a Political Communications Impact Score (PCIS) of 29.4 and John McCain received a score of 5.9, resulting in a net score of 23.5 for Barack Obama. The scores can be compared to a mean score of 9.3 for previously tested Obama ads and 7.5 for previously tested McCain ads.  To date, the total mean score for all previously tested ads is 8.3

The most prevalent emotional responses reported from voters were "angry" and "disturbed" after viewing the ad.

 

Total
(n=312)

Registered Democrat
(n=104)

Registered Republican
(n=103)

Registered Independent
(n=105)

Anger

25%

36%

15%

26%

Inspiration

1%

2%

0%

2%

Sadness

16%

20%

14%

14%

Skepticism

22%

8%

39%

21%

Confusion

3%

3%

2%

3%

Disturbing

29%

31%

26%

29%

Embarrassment

2%

1%

0%

4%

Pride

2%

0%

4%

1%

Happiness

1%

0%

1%

1%

The PCIS is a metric scoring system designed to gauge the effectiveness of political communications by generating a score for each candidate to monitor changes in voter perceptions. The PCIS score is derived from the change in voters' support and the extent that the support shifts.  To view scores and results of recent studies go to: http://www.mediacurves.com/PCIS/

While viewing the video, participants indicated their levels of believability by moving their mouse from left to right on a continuum. The responses were recorded in quarter-second intervals and reported in the form of curves. The participants' emotions were measured using the Ayer Emotion Battery. Participants were also asked pre- and post-viewing questions. To view believability curves and detailed results go to: www.mediacurves.com.

The Media Curves web site provides the media and general public with a venue to view Americans' perceptions of popular and controversial media events and advertisements.

Editors/Reporters: For more information on the study, or to speak with Glenn Kessler, president and CEO, HCD Research or Chris Borick, Ph.D., director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, please contact Vince McGourty, HCD Research, at (908) 483-9121 or (vince.mcgourty@hcdi.net).

HCD Research is a communications research company headquartered in Flemington, NJ.  The company's services include traditional and web-based communications research.  For additional information on HCD Research, access the company's web site at www.hcdi.net or call HCD Research at 908-788-9393.  Headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, MCIPO is a respected source of public opinion data on local, state and national issues. For additional information on Muhlenberg College, go to www.muhlenberg.edu

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RE: Anit-Palin Ad - Wildlife Record
by carolyndancliff (User #64304) on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 @ 5:01:31 PM (#938)
That was just a horrible ad against Gov. Palin. I certainly hope that it is not shown during family hour. It was hitting below the belt as far as I am concerned. Just awful. I don't believe that was the whole story. I would like to know the real story behind that ad.
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by kayobee (User #214800) on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 @ 10:28:03 PM (#939)
"I don't believe that was the whole story. I would like to know the real story behind that ad."

Good grief. If you think there's more to it, go research it! Otherwise, you're just sticking your head in the sand.
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by SherryM (User #215135) on Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 12:01:37 PM (#955)
Yes, this is a horrible ad and that's the whole point!!! The most "disturbing" part of the study is the high percentage of "skepticism" from Registered Republicans. No one makes this stuff up for crying out loud!! Anyone can check these facts but most choose not to and fidget back into their belief system rather than making decisions based on facts. I hope they run this ad at every hour of every day; maybe your kids can convince you how cruel this practice really is.
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by Tfranktown2 (User #215319) on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 @ 12:03:40 PM (#972)
I happen to know a little about situations like this as I hail from Wyoming. Some time ago, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park. As they have no natural enemies, their population increased much more quickly than was anticipated. Their main food source was the elk found in the park. They began to decimate the herd, and their food source began to disappear.

Perhaps you have not seen the slow, painful death of an animal starving to death. That is brutal. Although many people think an animal should never be killed, it is much kinder to cull the herd than to allow them to die by slow starvation.

Not to mention the devastation they began to cause to cattle and sheep as some left the park in search of other sources of food. I would imagine that seeing a video of wolves tearing apart these animals who have no defense is not a pretty sight; especially the lambs and calves. It is an unfortunate fact of life that there are not unlimited supplies of food for all animals. Responsible people need to ensure that the size of the group is managed in order to prevent a much more cruel death.

I hope you will make your kids watch a video of these animals starving to death. I am sure you want your children to be fully informed on the issue; as a responsible parent, of course.
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by adam08 (User #215322) on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 @ 12:22:30 PM (#974)
I also happen to know a little about this. And I wonder if you realize the complete irony of your statement about how difficult it is to watch a herd starve to death (by the way, wolves travel in packs not herds), and how much better it is to cull a herd. That is exactly the purpose of wolves. They help keep the population of herds in check so there aren't the population spikes and crashes that are harmful to both the environment and the animals themselves.

I hope you will make your kids watch a video of elk starving do death or dying of rampant disease because of overpopulation. Not to mention the devastation that deer and elk cause to forests because of their browsing.
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by jmguad62 (User #215331) on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 @ 5:10:27 PM (#978)
Small animals and birds are the common prey of wolves, but a pack sometimes attacks reindeer, caribou, sheep, and other large mammals, usually selecting weak, old, or very young animals for easier capture. When no live prey can be found, wolves feed on carrion (decaying flesh of dead animals). They also eat berries.
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Sarah Palin has no soul.
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by Lioness (User #215354) on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 3:08:46 PM (#1025)
Wolves take only the sick and weak of any herd. The lack of education about wolves by some people just amazes me. They are social animals that feel pain and love and grieve for their lost pack mates. Wyoming has only 1400 wolves to almost 4,000,000 head of cattle and sheep. Elk in Yellowstone were not nearly decimated by the wolves. These animals are a vital part of the ecosystem and keep herds in check. The story that elk are the only diet of wolves is just that, a story. Their main diet consists of rodents, rabbits, and other small game. Sarah Palin's policy on aerial gunning is a cruel and barbaric practice that she continued to support even after the Alaskan people voted against it twice. Going against the will of the people is not good government.
It sickens me to no end to read and hear people talk of wolves as if they are the ones at fault. Man chose to move into their territory with their families, pets, and livestock and that has broken up the habitat for many animals. We have no right to make them the outlaws. Those wolves are following the niche laid out for them by Nature. For anyone to move into an area where they know there are wolves, or bears, or any wildlife, and then declare war on that wild life is just plain ludicrous. Before the wolves were reintroduced, elk, deer, and pronghorn were dying of starvation and disease because there wasn't enough food to support them all. Now that the balance is back, hunters, ranchers, and plain wolf haters wnat the wolves all killed off.
"The moral progress of a country is evidenced by the way it treats its animals"- Mahatma Ghandi

This country's moral progress is nil. Sarah Palin is no role model to me. She is a vicious, animal hating, self serving, sub human that will be punished by The Great Spirit. Anyone supporting this type of cruelty to any animal is despicable.
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by Duv012 (User #216163) on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 1:39:54 PM (#1041)
You know culling out some of the Wolves could be done by just catching them and placing them somewhere else not shooting them in the back and leaving them to just die a slow death. The ad shows the wolves trying to reach their backs because it is in pain and they just let it die a slow and painful death. If your gonna kill something, kill it, don't let it suffer. But like I said before, animals don't need to be killed to cull them out or to get rid of some of them they can be caught and placed. As for the wolves that kill the sheep and cows it is a proven fact that wolves only kill what they need and farmers only lose perhaps 2 animals a year. That isn't anything when you compare it to losing our history forever.
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by Rubytuesday57 (User #215152) on Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 2:17:16 AM (#956)
Well here you go .........

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17735990/

The last time a bounty was put on wolves it nearly wiped them out to extermination.....now what do we have coyotes. Disturbing..
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by sullywolf (User #215314) on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 @ 10:03:51 AM (#967)
If you want to know the real story, go visit Alaska. This is not wildlife management- this is slaughter. The hunters pay big bucks to the pilots (who make their living that way) for such "thrill" killing. You can't eat wolves- Wolves are very much like humans- study up. Nature has a natural balance to balance itself, we don't need to interfere & we are killing our wildlife that our children and their children will not ever see except in zoos. Is this what you want?
Now if wolves were actually hurting your livestock or your family, that is different, but you hardly ever ever hear of a wolf killing a person. They are shy & like to stay away from humans-SMART! I am in Alaska every year- and also have personally lived with wolves for over 12 years. I know from what I speak. They need to get the hunters on the ground and chase them with airlplanes & shoot them a slow death. So if you want to know the real story, research it yourself. The truth is out there.


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by Tfranktown2 (User #215319) on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 @ 12:07:28 PM (#973)
I suspect that the ranchers whose herds are decimated by the wolves who kill their animals, because yes they do eat cows and sheep, would disagree with you.

I know that they have very much had an impact on the livelihood of ranchers in Wyoming and surrounding states. Your shy wolves surround and kill animals who have no natural defense to them; surely, being informed as you are, you know what happened to the elk herd in Yellowstone National Park. Do you think it is o.k. for them to starve to death. That is not humane; no way, no how.
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by Lioness (User #215354) on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 3:13:11 PM (#1026)
The elk in Yellowstone were starving because they had no natural predators at the time. Now that the predators are back, all you do is make up stories. Wolves only take the weak, sick, and old of the herd leaving a stronger herd. There are more humane ways to stop herd predation that killing and animal for doing what it was put here to do. Please take your rhetoric to John McCain. He needs your support right now. If you choose to live and work where there are predators, expect to see them. You don't own the land, they do and always have.
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by Duv012 (User #216163) on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 1:50:14 PM (#1042)
And the elk at Yellowstone are starving because of the wolves how? The elk starving have nothing to do with the wolves. As for the wolves surrounding defenseless animals to kill them........well, DUHHH. That is how God made them. How else do you think they would kill them? The food chain was made for a reason and because of Man's oh so much better then God's wisdom that food chain has been messed with. God knew what he was doing when he set this up.

Do you ever think about what cows and sheep and pigs go through to feed you. They are defenseless. They are surrounded by humans that hit them in the head with hammers or herd them into an area where a machine does it for them. Is that humane? Should we not kill and eat because those animals are defenseless? Should someone shoot us in the back because we feed on animals that can't defend themselves?

People like you kill me. Just because we are on the top of the food chain doesn't make us any better then the rest of the food chain. Without the rest of the food chain we would cease to be.

AT the rate this world is going that won't be much longer. We as human's are destroying our planet. And those of us that are trying to set things right have to deal with people like you that just don't give a crap. As long as your doing ok the heck with the rest of God's creatures.


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by Lioness (User #215354) on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 3:22:56 PM (#1027)
I agree and amen for your post. Wolves are wonderful animals. I was so honored by their presence on a visit to Yellowstone and I got goosebumps hearing their song. It amazes me how some people are convinced that 1400 wolves are going to kill the millions of head of cattle and sheep in Wyoming. The problem is, they are blinded by stories passed down from generation to generation. I'm sure that if they were to really observe a wolf pack they would change their tune. The biased blood lust was evidence this year on March 28, near Daniel, Wyoming when a much loved wolf from Yellowstone's Druid pack named, Hoppy, was shot along with two pack mates just because they were within a few miles of an elk feeding ground. That's another problem. The supplemental feeding of elk has made it easy for the wolves to get their dinner. If this were not going on close to cattle and sheep, there may be some differences. The elk would not be used to being fed and the natural way of things would take over. Seeing any animal starve is never a pretty sight, but in the wild, sometimes it is necessary to ensure natural thinning of the herd. Wolves are vital to this process. It is not up to man to control the force of Nature.
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by Big Ken (User #214823) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 5:22:07 PM (#942)
When or if this ad runs it is going to cost us a lot of hunters' votes, and probably farmers' votes, too.. Hunting from aircraft is a legal activity in Alaska, although it is not legal where I live. On the other hand, baiting bears with sweet rolls is legal here, but not there.
The immediate response from farmers will probably not be a welcome noise to the party powers either. Here in Henrietta Township, people who turn in the front feet of dead gophers get a bounty of $1.50 from the county and $.50 from the township. That differs from the bounty for wolves legs in what way?
It smells too much of PETA (not the People Eating Tasty Animals one, the other one). Yes, wolves do look a lot like our beloved doggies and react to being shot just as Fido would. The issue is not that the animals look and act in much the same way, it is one of being a responsible hunter. If the camera crew was just along to see wolves get shot by a guy with enough money to rent a plane and buy a really neat-o firearm, the crew should have asked up front whether the person in the plane was a good enough shot to deal an immediately killing blow to a moving animal while leaning out the door of an airborne Cessna.
The people whom I know and to whom I refer as "hunters" always try to make a killing shot. Many of us (me included) will pass up a shot at a fine trophy animal if there is a chance it will suffer a slow and painful death from an ill-advised or poorly placed shot.
The ad comes across as very anti-hunter, meaning it will cost a great deal in both Pennsylvania and Michigan because those vital states have incredible numbers of hunters, many of whom are those same blue-collar white males the Obama campaign so desperately needs. This ad is a bad idea.

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by TomInAZ (User #214908) on Saturday, September 20, 2008 @ 12:23:02 PM (#945)
The ad didn't come off as anti-hunter to me at all. I don't personally hunt but live in Arizona and am good friends with people who do hunt elk and deer as often as they are drawn for tags. These friends have given me, as an urban non-hunter, what I presume is a pretty good perspective on what responsible hunting entails and so my base reaction to hunting in any form is contextualized by this perspective. I haven't shown my friends this ad so am not sure if they would find it anti-hunter but for myself, agnostic on hunting and respectful of respectable hunters, I think the ad is devastating. The images of wolves being shot from planes is sickening and painful. My first thought wasn't "there go those evil hunters again" it was "what kind of a lazy, evil a****** shoots any animal from a plane?" (perhaps relevant to note that hunting from a car is illegal in most if not all states). While it's probably slightly unfair to hang such barbarous policies around the neck of Palin, such is the lamentable nature of campaigning in our era. And if I can be excused for some mild sexism, since women independents seem to be a demographic the Obama campaign is greatly concerned with, this ad is probably a big winner.
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by sullywolf (User #215314) on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 @ 10:07:23 AM (#968)
She is the one who pushed this bill through in Alaska & by the way ordered over 70% of the grizzley bears shot in one area, mothers & cubs. She deserves to be found out. I like her drive, her leadership, but think she is dead wrong on destroying the wildlife. Check into this and the story is out there & it is true.
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by Rubytuesday57 (User #215152) on Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 2:22:29 AM (#957)
All the ethical hunters I know harvest for food. No one that I know in PA eats wolves. Two different ball games completely.
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by Lioness (User #215354) on Thursday, October 2, 2008 @ 5:14:06 PM (#980)
Aerial hunting may be legal in Alaska, but did you know that, under Governor Murkowski, the people's voice was ignored, and twice under Palin. Trophy hunters won their argument, against the will of the people. Most hunters DO NOT agree with the practice because they say it is unspotrsmanlike. The wolf populations in the Western U.S. number 1455. Furthermore, it's not the wolf's fault that its hunting range was taken over. There are non lethal, proven ways to keep wolves from attacking herds. Besides, as already stated, wolves only take the weak, old, sick, and young leaving stronger herds. Thankfully, the gray wolf is once again under Federal protection. By the way, I also live in Wyomig!
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by Lioness (User #215354) on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 3:25:35 PM (#1028)
The ad is aimed at Palin, not Obama. It will hurt McCain, not Obama and I believe the American public has a right to know.
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by Gardener (User #215326) on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 @ 2:45:18 PM (#975)
Go to http://www.factcheck.org/UploadedFiles/DOW_Response.pdf if you want a very good detailed explanation by Defenders of Wildlife - I urge you to read it. You can also visit their website.
I am one of the people who have been donating money to run this. I am 63 years old and can't afford to be spending this money, but I feel I have no choice. When I heard who McCain had chosen for his running mate, I cried because I had known about her for quite some time.
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by Gardener (User #215326) on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 @ 2:56:19 PM (#976)
She has sued the federal government because she doesn't want the polar bear on the endangered species list!!!!!!!!!!! They are drowning and cannibalism (bear eating bear) has started because they are starving due to the disappearance of so much of the sea ice already.

She has voted down a bill to require a mining company to clean up their water before it goes into the sea - google for it.

The killing does not just involve wolves - includes bears also - even the black bear.

If there is money involved, this woman will do anything. I would have LOVED to see a woman VP or President, but not like this.

I have never been able to understand how people who are so extremely religious feel no shame to destroy what God created. To me it seems like spitting in God's face.
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by dorothyk (User #215386) on Friday, October 3, 2008 @ 3:01:57 AM (#981)
My husband, a hunter, and I have appeared on the CBS Evening News 4 times for our efforts to protect bears and wolves in Alaska. Please see our video (http://current.com/items/88811075_end_aerial_wolf_hunting) and web site (http://www.alaskawolfkill.com) which document the full history of aerial wolf hunting in Alaska.

Using testimony from Alaska Department of Fish & Game staff, a master hunting guide, and Alaska Board of Game members, the video exposes the fallacy behind Governor Sarah Palin's claim that predator control is based on sound science. Declarations that the program is for the benefit of subsistence hunters are shattered with documentation showing that sport and trophy hunters take up to 73% of prey in areas where aerial wolf hunting has taken place. Five years in the making, this video exposes the truth about the stranglehold the hunting lobby has on wildlife management in Alaska.
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by dpfeldman12 (User #215640) on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 @ 2:18:41 PM (#1000)
I'm from Pennsylvania, in an area where we had a very serious whitetail deer overpopulation. The comment that watching a predator wolf starve to death in Yellowstone is horrible belies the truth that this is the natural process. If predators overhunt their prey, they starve to death.

Most of these arguments miss the point, in my view. The point is that whenever humans have interfered with the natural balance in any area on the planet, there have been problems. For example, where I live now in New York, there is a lack of natural predators for rodents because the local red fox population has been all but eliminated. In one area in New Rochelle, the fox are protected. Sounds great? No, it's not. The rodents know to leave the protected area where the fox live, and so we have splattered skunks and squirrels all over the streets that border the protected park.

It takes careful management to solve these problems, not simple answers. In Pennsylvania, the local fish and game wardens would determine each year how many whitetail needed to be culled. Wolves were out of the question, since the parkland bordered a residential area. Anyway, licenses were issued, and hunters went out in pairs with volunteer guides to make their kills. I was one of those guides, and I can tell you the system worked extremely well. Car accidents with deer dropped over 80% by the second term of the program.

I'm sure someone will point out that such a system won't work in Alaska. That's not my point. The point is that if a population needs to be controlled, it should be controlled carefully and with thought. For example, subsistence hunters should get licenses as such. Farmers should be able to apply for licenses to kill wolves that stray onto husbandry areas.

But, to simply allow thrill seekers to randomly shoot wolves from the air is not management. Fish and game wardens should determine populations, set a cull level, and issue licenses appropriately. I'm sure that hunters in Pennsylvania and Michigan already understand that there is oversight on hunting and that licenses are required.

If what Palin has set in place does not involve such careful management, then I am fully against it.
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