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Response to Fred Sanders (Original post)

Sat Dec 20, 2014, 07:32 PM

3. "not perfect" = "flawed"?

The "perfect question" for you would be one that skewed the poll in such a way as to undermine gun rights. Are you claiming that Pew does push-polling to support a gun-rights position? I doubt that they are.

Carroll Doherty, Pew's director of political research, has now reportedly "acknowledged the flaw" in the question. Mother Jones reported:

Carroll Doherty, PEW's director of political research, acknowledged the flaw. "Is it a perfect question? Probably not," he told Mother Jones. "This is in no way intended to say there's not support for background checks and some measures aimed at specific policies either [in Congress] or in the states. Mr. Webster is right to put it in context."


Doherty told Mother Jones that Pew "has asked that same question in surveys since 1993, with the aim of tracking general public sentiment on gun policy over time."

In other words, Pew is measuring the change in attitudes. And the change is there, measurably.

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