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'Sorry, Wrong Number': Why Media Polls on Gun Control are So Often Unreliable


Gary A. Mauser


Simon Fraser University

David B. Kopel


Independence Institute; Denver University - Sturm College of Law

September 23, 1994


Abstract:     
How scientific are the polls reported in the media on the gun control issue? Without arguing for or against gun controls, this article examines the interviewing and sampling methods used by media polls and finds that some polls claiming impressive majorities in favor of severe gun controls may not be accurate.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: opinion polls, gun control, interviewer effects, sampling biases

JEL Classification: C42, D70

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Date posted: September 23, 2008  

Suggested Citation

Mauser, Gary A. and Kopel, David B., 'Sorry, Wrong Number': Why Media Polls on Gun Control are So Often Unreliable (September 23, 1994). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1272295 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1272295

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Gary A. Mauser
Simon Fraser University ( email )
Faculty of Business Administration
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada
604 936-9141 (Phone)
604 936-9140 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.garymauser.net
David B. Kopel (Contact Author)
Independence Institute ( email )
727 East 16th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
United States
303-279-6536 (Phone)
303-279-4176 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.davekopel.org
Denver University - Sturm College of Law
2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.davekopel.org
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