Slight majority support hikers paying into the search and rescue fund - 136 participants

Oct 14, 2013

Whenever a search and rescue operation takes place in New Hampshire, we celebrate as a society when lives are saved and collectively grieve when anyone is lost. However, the stark reality behind such missions is they cost a tremendous amount of money, and so the very real question is who foots the bill? If current legislative efforts are any indication, hikers and climbers may soon be asked to “pitch in,” as NH Fish and Game Department officials cite an increased demand for such services coupled with inadequate funding.On October 14, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should all hikers in NH state parks pay into a search and rescue fund?”

“Should all hikers in NH state parks pay into a search and rescue fund?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Hiker Rescue NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 137 participants gave 258 responses

A total of 77% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 23% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 137 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 258 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A slight majority, at 52% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of asking all hikers in NH state parks to pay into a search and rescue fund. 

  • “I like this idea as it is an opt-in program that will protect hikers from huge bills if something tragic happens and help recoup the costs of [search and rescues].”

No:  The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 48%, were opposed tf asking all hikers in NH state parks to pay into a search and rescue fund.   

  • “If they are not smart enough to prevent needing rescue, they should take responsibility and pay for their mistakes.”

Other: As noted above, 23% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • That there were already too many state regulations.

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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