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Response to Fred Sanders (Original post)

Sun Dec 21, 2014, 02:32 AM

12. The headline seems to overstate what Pew actually 'admitted' - it's not a perfect

question to be sure, but in a way the problems identified in that third paragraph actually make this a better poll question than many others on gun control. To often, we see questions in the vein of "should gun control be stronger?" but with no indication of what current controls are or if the respondent is in any way aware of current law. This question avoids that pitfall, and keeps the question in the realm of philosophical values.

At the same time, if the question has been asked the same way for decades and if the sampling has been equally reliable throughout, then the trends in the answers are informative despite the imperfections in the question...

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