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  •  Dueling polls reflect the questions. (2+ / 0-)
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    Mogolori, frostbite

    But each question has a different purpose. They are part of a group of questions.  

    The whole poll could be valid, with the exception of the baited question(s).

    Those are built to trigger set responses within specific demographics.  

    Boris49 can honestly quote the polled answer to a different, unbaited question.  It gives Gallup cover and hides the bait.

    illegal to manufacture, sell or possess semiautomatic guns known as assault rifles?This is a weasel word delight.   It gives them a poll they can tag to all those words.  

    The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honored and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage laborers. - The Communist Manifesto

    by nolagrl on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 12:13:33 PM PST

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    •  Gallup's ridiculous question is no accident. (0+ / 0-)

      This is the best known and most venerable polling organization in the United States.  The tortured wording of this question would not survive Week One of Intro to Writing at a single undergraduate journalism program in the country.

      So one has to ask: are high schoolers writing Gallup's questions on the most fraught and sensitive national questions of the day?


      Are highly cynical public relations professionals crafting Gallup's questions specifically to garner the least negative opinion possible on gun ownership, perhaps because the NRA is a client of the Gallup organization?

      Gallup is having difficulty holding onto good clients these days.  The Justice Department, for instance, is suing Gallup for over-billing government contracts to the tune of millions of dollars.

      So, in Gallup, we may be dealing with a criminal enterprise anyway.  It's no stretch to consider they would throw professional credibility out the window to please a paying client like the NRA on a question affecting its reputation.

      "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

      by Mogolori on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 12:34:29 PM PST

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      •  Like Fox, Gallup is owned by a very conservative (1+ / 0-)
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        entity. It was purchased a few years ago.

        **Your beliefs don't make you a better person, your behavior does** h/t Clytemnestra/Victoria Jackson

        by glorificus on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 07:06:30 PM PST

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