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  •  Probably few (8+ / 0-)

    But as I tried to get at in the post, I think you run into some serious difficulties if you try to explain things in detail in poll questions. Put another way: Even if you don't like PPP's question (and I understand the arguments against it), I still think Gallup's question is terrible.

    That said, I think it would be interesting to conduct a focus group, where you have more time to really get in-depth and offer various sorts of explanations and see how people react.

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    by David Nir on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 10:31:28 AM PST

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    •  Then don't ask the question David. (1+ / 0-)
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      If it can't be done properly, it isn't worth doing.

    •  i would also (2+ / 0-)
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      like to see demographic breakdowns. a poll of latinos showed higher support for gun control than among whites, but there hasn't been any follow-up. the 2008 exit polls showed gun ownership is relatively low among latinos and even lower among asian-americans. i would like to see some specific questions about gun control filtered by demographics, because it seems to me that if the two fastest growing demographic groups have low gun ownership, and the only one polled has been shown to have higher support for gun control, it's likely that we're moving toward significant political change on the issue.

      there also has been a lot of push from the gun owners that gun ownership is a civil or human right, and i'd like to see that polled. we know that majorities consider gun ownership to be a constitutional right, which it is thanks to heller and mcdonald, but do people also consider it a basic civil or human right? of course, around the developed world that would be considered absurd, but i wonder about americans.

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      by Laurence Lewis on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 11:00:18 AM PST

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      •  Not sure about Gallup (2+ / 0-)
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        But we included the usual demographic breakdowns for our poll. The problem is, though, that with a 1,000-person poll, all racial groups except whites will have a very low sample size. So on the AWB question, Hispanics were 56-32 in favor (lower than other groups), but we had just 78 people self-ID as Hispanic in our sample. It's very expensive to poll just Hispanic voters.

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        by David Nir on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 11:21:38 AM PST

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        •  for this question (0+ / 0-)

          it might be worth it- asian-americans as well. as a fan of the living constitution, i'm very interested in how demographic shifts are going to effect this issue.

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          by Laurence Lewis on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 11:27:59 AM PST

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          •  I wonder, in this regard, how much difference... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...there would be depending on how many generations the Latinos and Asian Americans being polled have  been in the States. Most of them come from countries where guns are illegal in private hands, or nearly so. If you're first or second-generation, you might well be more inclined one way or the other differently than if you are of a third or later generation. But try to get that differentiation into a simple poll.

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            by Meteor Blades on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 12:05:32 PM PST

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            •  it could be done (1+ / 0-)
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              although it would not be easy. but a truly comprehensive poll on gun ownership hasn't been done. given the magnitude of the issue, it should be.

              i'm skeptical that there would be significant generational differences, because people do tend to follow their family and cultural patterns, and the percent of gun owners overall is going down. but it would be worth knowing.

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              by Laurence Lewis on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 12:29:01 PM PST

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