Iowa polls shows strong majority would support ending greyhound racing

A poll conducted late last month in Iowa by Hill Research Consultants out of Alabama shows 57 percent of respondents support a bill to allow the closing of the state’s two greyhound race tracks.

The story in the Des Moines Register notes the poll, paid for by Grey2KUSA, also reports 54 percent of Iowans have an unfavorable impression of greyhound racing while only 29 percent have a favorable view of the industry. That’s a pretty wide margin, but I’m surprised that the unfavorable is only 54 percent. I wish more people understood this issue, but progress is being made.

GREY2K executive director Carey Theil is quoted in the piece as suggesting the bill has a solid chance of passing. One more state dropping this industry would be a great start to the new year.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Noreen Marshall on February 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I am praying with all my heart this comes true and those 2 greyhound tracks in Iowa shut down for good. It is my greatest hope that before I die I see the last greyhound race track shut down everywhere. It is about time people wake up and really see the horror and cruel treatment greyhounds have to endure each and everyday at these tracks. That is not a life for these gentle animals and I do hope the majority wins and those 2 greyhound tracks shut their doors forever!!!


    • Posted by Tom Grady on February 2, 2011 at 9:07 am

      I’m hoping this poll at least shows a growing level of awareness about this industry.
      It would be great to learn that a comparison to a previous poll shows this and that maybe the next poll shows number the opposing greyhound racing much higher.


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