Publication Date
September 23, 2008
David B. Kopel, Gary A. Mauser
opinion polls, gun control, interviewer effects, sampling biases
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.
Recommended Citation
Mauser, Gary A. and Kopel, David B. and Kopel, David B., 'Sorry, Wrong Number': Why Media Polls on Gun Control are So Often Unreliable (September 23, 1994). Available at SSRN: or

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