Another Example of Inane Issue Polling

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News

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We’ve noted many times that issue polling (unlike election polling) is worthless.  It’s garbage in, garbage out.  The poll is only a reflection of the way the question is asked, the choices that are offered, and the context or background that is provided.  Depending on how you ask a question, you could probably get 75-80% support for almost any issue.  Today’s Rasmussen poll on gun control is a perfect example.

When asked whether we “need stricter gun control laws,” a slim plurality (50-45) said yes.  This sounds like a choice that supports more law and order.  Yet, when asked whether stricter gun laws would reduce violence, only 32% answered in the affirmative.   So what gives?  Why do the other 18% believe in stricter gun laws if they admit those laws won’t fulfill their primary objective?  There is no answer to this question.  It all depends on how you present the issue.