Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Latest Gallup Poll

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This is the Gallup Poll everyone is making such a big deal about.

Sebastian said, "that Gallup poll is bad news for gun control advocates, and everyone knows it."

What's that supposed to mean? The Gallup folks themselves gave a more-than-adequate explanation.

the latest increase in self-reported gun ownership could reflect a change in Americans' comfort with publicly stating that they have a gun as much as it reflects a real uptick in gun ownership.

My first thought was what's the big deal. Those look like minor fluctuations.

What do you think? Please leave a comment.


  1. Shorter Gunloons: "We're in the minority!!"


    "We're number two."

    You really have to be pretty delusional to believe this rrepresents some kind of 'victory' or big step forward for the gunloons. Methinks Keith Milligan is merely trying to squeeze some lemonade out of the lemons he's been handed. After all, the chart shows what we have been saying all along and the gunloons denied.

  2. i think that in conjunction with this gallup poll

    that it shows that the views of the gun control community are not gaining any new traction while the gun rights community's views are.

    its not hard to understand why either, when there is general distrust of the gov across the board, do we think anyone from any party in congress is really competent at what they are doing? then why would you want them to make new laws restricting your rights.

  3. Another interesting part of the results was that Democrats and women were the fastest growing segment of gun owners.

    "Democrats' self-reported gun ownership spiked to 40% this year."

    "The percentage of women who report household gun ownership is also at a new high, now registering 43%."

  4. My over-riding idea about all stats is that they can be manipulated and interpretated by either side. That's why I usually rely on common sense and logic. Gun-rights folks hate this, the reason is obvious.

  5. I'm as distrustful about statistics as Mikeb302000 says he is, and public opinion swings with the wind. That being said, I can't complain when the numbers go my way. The Gallup poll not only shows a decent percentage of gun ownership. It also (in figures not presented here) claims that a majority is against tighter gun control across the board.

    As for Jadegold, what exactly does that chart show? I don't know what the margin of error is, but forty-seven percent is a good number.

    By the way, you refer to us as gunloons. If schoolyard taunts are the best that you can do, we don't have too much to worry about.