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Where does the "90 per cent support expanded background checks" number come fro

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ArcherandShooter, Apr 17, 2013.

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  1. Millwright

    Millwright Member

    Sep 16, 2007
    New Jersey
    The "secret" to managing poll results lies in how you frame the question. Then you massage a small sampling to make it seem significant.

    In any "poll" you want to look at the sample size/demographics - i.e. age, gender, location, economic status, etc - in order to determine if the poll's degree of validity. A 500 unit sample in a 250 M population isn't going to be very accurate. >MW
  2. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Odds are.....90% of folks legally buying guns, buy them from dealers and already submit for a background check. Not a problem. 90% of folks that don't buy guns don't know this.
  3. Lateck

    Lateck Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    No one has ever asked me or anyone I know.....
    I can find at least a couple hundred folks that will NOT agree with that poll (The 90% one).
    I too have wondered where the libs & O are getting their facts.

  4. Black Knight

    Black Knight Member

    Jun 19, 2006
    Charlottesville, VA
    Do you think they actually poll the general populace or democrat supporters? I would guess they poll democrat supporters. I'm sure they have a list handy somewhere.
  5. DanMar757

    DanMar757 Member

    Jan 31, 2009
    Southeast VA

    I prefer to believe the opinions on the website Popvox.com in reference to specific pieces of legislation as being more representative of overall will of the people. This website includes a broad spectrum of America, not just pro or anti opinions that may come from a poll on a gun enthusiast or liberal slanted forum. On Popvox, when the question is asked in general terms like "Do you support commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence?" you get something like 79% in support, but specific bills show much smaller support for new gun control legislation (somewhere in the neighborhood of 5% or less). If our congress critters are paying attention it is no wonder the recent bill failed.

    We just need to follow up now with the coming elections to really let them know how we feel!
  6. LemmyCaution

    LemmyCaution Member

    Jun 4, 2008
    The poll in question was conducted by Quinnipiac University, which has a very good reputation for conducting polls according to best practices for statistical methodology.


    A couple of things to note about this poll, however:

    1: The sample size is about 1700 people. This seems fairly small to me. I'm also generally skeptical of phone polling, as the population of people available to chat on their phones in the middle of a weekday is not representative. I'm also going to go out on a limb and suggest that few pro RKBA people are willing to answer demographic questions from strangers and then questions about their views on firearms.

    2: The poll is being used to argue that S.649 and the Manchin-Toomey amendment had the support if 90% of the US population. This is not the case. The relevant poll question merely asks if respondents feel that all potential firearm buyers should be subject to criminal background checks. It does not get into the specifics of any putative legislation. In other words, the poll question was too vague to be of use determining the hows if legislation, but does show that people (in a select, nonrepresentative population) want 'something' done.
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