Why “gun control” polls are biased against guns


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:



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?



It has had no effect on crime

Not sure

Do you support or oppose scrapping the long gun registry?



Not sure

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




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”…

  1. MP3

    I suppose that scientific survey of cops that the gun registry opponents keep crowing about wasn’t flawed?

    You know, the one where a guy puts an ad in a police publication, asking people to post to a board whether they like the registry or not – where people could post multiple times, where there was no weighted sampling, no verification process like there are in scientific polls – the one where the editor of the police publication disavowed the survey. Nah…that one wasn’t biased at all.

    Face it – your party goofed. By keeping the registry in the limelight for months, instead of getting rid of it early in its mandate it allowed time for people to learn about the issue, and it gave your side time to make stupid mistakes (the Honourable member from Yorkton Melville comes to mind) to influence public perceptions of the opposition. You were no longer law abiding gun owners but silly gits pretending it was about a flawed registry when it was really about your belief the government wanted to pry your guns out of your cold dead hands. Too American, too NRA style for Canadian sensibilities.

    You lost because your party makes a lot of money for itself playing up your fears, getting you to donate money to them because they will get rid of the registry. They have no intention of doing that because it makes them too much money in fundraising. If they did, they would have introduced government legislation, not relied on a private members bill, or have done what they’ve done recently with all sensitive issues they know they will have a hard time getting passed – stick it in the budget bill and make it a confidence vote. But they didn’t.

    You’ve been played. And if I were a rural resident I’d be embarrassed that my government thinks the only issue that’s important to me is whether or not I have to take a few minutes to fill out a peice of paper and register my letha weapon.

    • akimoya

      My, my, my – the haters sure do come crawling out, don’t they? I noticed you failed to address the “pith and substance” of my post. It was about the so-called “scientific” polls that everyone seems to put so much stock in, and how they, too, can be manipulated to obtain the desired result.

      I may or may not do a post on the “straw poll” – which the author never claimed was “scientific”, as if that matters; I may or may not do a post on how the CPC “goofed”

      But until that time, I do ask that comments be “on topic”, and not filled with so much venom. Thank you very much.

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