Opposition to fox hunting has reached a new all-time high, according to the latest polling on the subject.
The increased opposition to the practice comes despite a manifesto pledge by David Cameron to give his own MPs a free vote on legalising it.
83 per cent of the public say fox hunting should not be made legal again, up from 72 per cent when the question was asked in 2008.
Crucially, opposition to the animal killings was just as strong in rural areas as urban areas – with 84 per cent and 82 per cent opposed respectively.
Conservative voters were also overwhelmingly against legalisation, spittling 70 per cent to 27 per cent in favour of keeping the fox hunting ban.
Pollsters Ipsos MORI have asked the public the same question each year for around a decade and found very strong opposition each time.
This year’s figures represent a new all-time high, however.
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