Latest WaPo/Pew poll busts holes in 90% claim


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Hapworth
April 24, 2013, 11:00 AM
Through line: much closer to equal numbers polled are divided on whether they are pleased or disappointed that Manchin-Toomey didn't pass.

Subject to the same criticisms that all polls should be, but provides grounded push-back from the misleading 90% claim, specifically addressing the fact that legislators don't vote on public opinion polls, they vote on specific proposed legislation and there can be a vast chasm between the two things...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/04/24/why-the-american-public-isnt-mad-as-hell-about-the-failure-of-the-gun-bill-in-numbers/

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Blackstone
April 24, 2013, 11:34 AM
The forum messed up the link, could you repost and fix it please?

indyogb
April 24, 2013, 11:52 AM
I'd be interested in their sampling - 51% R happy, 48% I happy, 22% D happy, yet overall, only 39% are happy the bill went down in flames. I know the national polls were fairly accurate on the Presidential election, contrary to bias claims. Even at 39%, this one seems weighted to the 'D' side, lending credence to the old "Biased polling!" claim. I guess there really could just be more people identifying as "Democratic" at this point in time. Either way, this one is much more believable than that 90% Quinnipiac tripe.

Mixed reaction (http://www.people-press.org/2013/04/24/mixed-reactions-to-senate-gun-vote/)

akv3g4n
April 24, 2013, 11:53 AM
I think this is the article on the Washington Post site:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/04/24/why-the-american-public-isnt-mad-as-hell-about-the-failure-of-the-gun-bill-in-numbers/

Blackstone
April 24, 2013, 12:02 PM
As if there was any doubt that the 90% stat was anything but bull excrement.

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