Recently I came upon an article in National Geographic touting the results of a survey on Americans and pets.
Public Policy Polling surveyed 603 registered voters in early June and found that:
- 61% owned a pet
- 44% lived with dogs and 31% lived with cats
- 20% prefer their pet over human beings
- 69% do not share their bed with their pets
- 48% said that dog owners need to get better control of their dogs
- when asked if black cats are good luck or bad luck, 74% weren’t sure
- 70% had a favorable opinion of the Humane Society of the US, while more had an unfavorable (39%) than favorable (36%) opinion of PETA.
- only 9% identified as either vegetarian or vegan
Respondents were fairly evenly divided between gender, political leanings (very liberal to very conservative), and the part of the country they represented. NOTE: 71% of respondents were white.
So what do I glean from this information?
- regardless of political affiliation, people choose to share their lives with animals
- that most voting Americans prefer a middle-of-the-road approach to animal welfare
- that more Americans see animals as deserving of humane treatment, even if most of us still choose to eat them
It also gives me directions for where this blog needs to head to continue its outreach.
If you’d like to read the entire survey results, here’s a link to the Public Policy Polling press release.
So what do the survey results tell you? Do you agree or disagree with the findings?