According to a report in the Farmers Weekly, results of a BBC opinion poll say that two thirds of Britons are opposed to a badger cull.
The phone poll was commissioned by the BBC News Website and asked 1000 adults if badgers should be culled to help curb bovine TB in cattle.
63% of respondents said no, 31% said yes and the rest were undecided and the proportion opposed was virtually identical in urban and rural areas.
Jack Reedy of the Badger Trust, which is leading opposition to a cull, told BBC News that the results were "heartening" although the final decision should come down to science.
He said he hoped that the poll results would lead “to a more balanced, sensible outcome that's fair on badgers, fair on farmers and fair on the general public as well."
But NFU president Peter Kendall said bovine TB was "out of control" in some areas and had to be stopped.
At Barbers Rural we are of the opinion that such polls, the results of which are meaningless due to the small population polled, are meaningless.