Archive for October 5th, 2010

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Take, for example, the Angus Reid polls.  Here is a list of their poll questions, and an explanation of why and how they are biased against guns:

http://www.visioncritical.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/2010.08.24_Guns_CAN.pdf

Guns

In your view, is gun violence in Canada a very serious problem, moderately serious, not too serious, or not a problem?

Very serious problem

Moderately serious

Not too serious

Not a problem

Not sure


Some people have called for a complete ban on handguns in Canada. Which of these statements comes closer to your own point of view?

A complete ban would be justified, since current regulations are not working and guns stolen from legal owners are being used in crimes

A complete ban would be unjustified, as it would affect law-abiding Canadians such as collectors and target shooters

Not sure


The Canadian Firearms Registry, also known as the long gun registry, requires the registration of all non-restricted firearms in Canada. From what you have seen, read or heard, do you think this registry has been successful or unsuccessful in preventing crime in Canada?

Successful

Unsuccessful

It has had no effect on crime

Not sure


Do you support or oppose scrapping the long gun registry?

Support

Oppose

Not sure


Do you think it should be legal or illegal for ordinary citizens to own firearms?

Legal

Illegal

Unsure

Even as a layman I can see that this poll is horribly flawed and biased. First, you are asked if guns are some kind of “problem”. This entrenches in the mind the correlation between “guns” and “problem”, whether they actually are or not.  Also, by going on to ask questions about legitimate gun use, the poll attempts to make a negative connection between “gun violence” and “legitimate use”.

The second question asks about a “handgun ban”, giving the respondent two suggested points of view, which are far from “yes” and “no” – they ask convoluted questions, which introduce even more anti-gun sentiments.  This is also the logical fallacies of the “Complex Question” and the “False Dilemma“.  It also sets up in the mind the relationship of “gun” to “ban”.  Furthermore, the first of these three questions reinforces the implications of the first one – that somehow legitimate gun owners are to blame because their guns get stolen.

The third question gives the respondent is given 4 responses to choose from, two of which are basically the same: “Unsuccessful” and “It has had no effect on crime” . If the long gun registry has had “no effect on crime” then it has been UNSUCCESSFUL in achieving its stated goal. This splits the “no” vote, thus giving the impression that the “yes” vote is somehow greater than it is.

Only after all of this manipulation, are respondents asked the “meaty” questions:  do you support or oppose the long gun registry and should ordinary citizens be allowed to own gun.  Of course, these questions are asked of the great unwashed, who probably don’t have the first clue about what Canada’s so-called “gun control” laws are, and what they do, and how they affect honest citizens.  I guess that’s why they’re called “opinion polls” and not “fact polls”…