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  •  Sample bias, and leading questions (3+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber, coquiero, WakeUpNeo

    Some of the questions from that survey have been published. They struck me as designed to elicit right-wing answers.

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 12:00:38 PM PDT

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    •  Well then (1+ / 0-)
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      noway2

      Yes, cleverly worded questions that lead you towards a particular answer, like:

      Do you think a federal ban on manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds would reduce violent crime?
      or was it this leading question:
      Do you think any reforms of state or federal gun laws could have prevented the tragedy, or do you think no law reforms could have prevented it?
      Well, one of those questions fills me with desire to answer it in a right-wing fashion. Wolverines! Of course, one of them is from a PPP poll after the Aurora shooting and it doesn't lead me towards a particular answer at all. The difference in the questions is obvious, right?

      I guess we can discount any liberal solutions that reflect the same bias as the flawed PoliceOne poll:

      Do you think increasing the severity of punishments for gun trafficking, particularly by unlicensed dealers or straw purchasers who buy arms for persons ineligible to own them, would reduce instances of gun crime?
      Well, if the PoliceOne polling is in favor of that, we can scratch that one from new Democratic legislation, it's clearly a right wing talking point. After all, it would look kind of silly to say that only the parts you agree with are valid, wouldn't it?

      Here's a link to the full set of survey questions, the breakdown of participants and the results.

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