22 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2008
Date Written: 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.
Keywords: opinion polls, gun control, interviewer effects, sampling biases
JEL Classification: C42, D70
Suggested Citation: 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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1272295 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1272295