Ipsos-Mori poll says support for bullfighting among Spaniards falls from 30% to 19% in last three years

Madrid animal rights march protests bullfighting. Photo: FotoAccion / LaTorturaNoEsCultura.com

• 84% of youth are not proud to live in a country associated with bullfighting •

Support for bullfighting has dropped sharply in Spain over the past three years and 84% of young Spaniards aged 16-24 express little or no pride in living in a country that allows bullfighting, according to the results of a new Ipsos Mori poll released last week.

Conducted on behalf of World Animal Protection from Dec. 11-14, 2015, the survey questioned 1,059 adults from 16-65 years of age and found that 58 percent of all those surveyed oppose bullfighting, with 19 percent of the survey respondents expressing support — reflecting an 11 percent drop in the level of support for bullfighting in a similar poll three years ago.

Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of those surveyed said they did not agree with public funds being used to subsidise the bullfighting industry and the same percentage said they were opposed to taxpayers’ monies being used to promote bullfighting as a part of Spain’s national heritage or cultural patrimony.

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