Republican sportsmen in two GOP-leaning congressional districts are opposed to including the push to drill for oil in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska in the omnibus tax overhaul legislation, according to a poll released Friday by the New York League of Conservation Voters.

The poll, conducted from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, surveyed 400 Republican sportsmen in the 22nd and 24th congressional districts. The districts are represented by Reps. Claudia Tenney and John Katko, both Republicans.

The poll found that by a margin of 60 percent to 29 percent the respondents opposed the inclusion of drilling rights in the congressional tax overhaul measure.

At the same time, a 57 percent to 26 percent margin said protecting wildlife for future generations is a moral, not an economic issue. And 82 percent said defending protected lands should be considered a bipartisan effort.

“Republican sportsmen and sportswomen cherish America’s protected wildlife preserves and understand how quickly protected lands can be snatched away from future generations by short-sighted political chicanery in Washington,” said NYLCV president Marcia Bystryn. “By greater than a two-to-one margin these Republicans are saying, ‘get the Arctic drilling language out of the federal tax bill; it doesn’t belong there.’ We are hopeful they will be heard in the coming days.”

Republicans in Congress hope to have a tax measure settled by the end of the year.