'Sorry, Wrong Number': Why Media Polls on Gun Control are So Often Unreliable
Gary A. Mauser
Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Beedie School of Business
David B. Kopel
Independence Institute; Denver University - Sturm College of Law
September 23, 1994
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
Date posted: September 23, 2008
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