Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Loaded Polls

After Mayor Bloomberg hired a hack polling group to push his 'poll' claiming that most NRA members hate the NRA, he got a little smarter and hired two companies to do a 'poll' after the Tucson shooting.

 It's still a bunch of BS however. (big PDF warning) starts on pg 24.The phone survey carefully guides people using loaded language and buzz phrases to get their results. Some examples:

After telling people about the Tucson shooting, emphasizing how many were killed, how the shooter had a history of issues and used a 30+ rnd magazine. (pg26) (bolding mine)
13. Fill the four-year vacancy for director of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the agency that is primarily responsible for enforcing our nation’s gun laws
(72% of guns in household supported)
 14. Fix the gaps in government databases that are meant to prevent the mentally ill, drug abusers and others from buying guns
(90% of Guns HH supported)
 18. Ban anyone arrested for a drug charge or who fails a federally-administered drug test from buying guns for five years
 (72% of Guns HH supported)
 21. Fully fund the enforcement of the law Congress passed after the Virginia Tech massacre to prevent people with a history of mental illness from buying guns
 (89% of Guns HH supported)
23. Prohibit people on the terrorist watch lists from purchasing guns
 (88% Guns HH supported)
 25. Track bulk purchases of assault rifles, which have become the weapon of choice of Mexican drug cartels
 (80% of Guns HH supported)

 Note all the leading terminology and phrasing.  'Terrorists', 'Drugs', 'massacre'.  If these questions were rephrased to emphasize that these laws would apply to people not convicted of crimes and even on hearsay, suspicion or secret gov't lists, the answers would totally change.

You get the idea.  But here's the concept statement that proves the entire poll is garbage:
28. Require every gun owner to register each gun he or she owns as part of a national gun registry

49% of 'Guns in Household support. 

Yeah right. Half of gun owners would support a national registry?  Not in the world I live in.

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Old NFO said...

Polling can be 'structured' to get any answer you want...

Sigivald said...

Yeah right. Half of gun owners would support a national registry? Not in the world I live in.

Probably not, no.

But remember that you and me?

We're not "average gun-owning households".

We're not close to that.

Hell, we might not even know any of that set of people very well.

The Fudds? They're "gun owning households", too - and if Fudd's wife answers the phone, she does the poll - and she might not care a damn for gun rights.

Cargosquid said...

Americans are horribly, horribly ignorant of how language is used, their Constitutional rights, and how the media used both to drive their narrative.

Chas said...

Doucheberg is a malicious Bloombag.