Web site faulted by this blog for misreading Gallup poll on issue of guns does an abrupt about-face
A couple of hours ago, I wrote HERE about several Web sites having misinterpreted a recent Gallup poll on which issues Americans see as most important to the country.
One of those Web sites, Mediaite, has WALKED BACK its nonsense about the Gallup poll (although clearly not in response to what I wrote):
“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics” goes the famous quote, and then there are polls. There’s a tendency to see what we want to in polls, a tendency that doesn’t often end well. Case in point: a Gallup poll that was cited on this website Wednesday to support the conclusion that “Only Politicians And The Media Care About Gun Control And Immigration.”
That conclusion, particularly where guns are concerned, is belied by several months of of Pew polls that show Americans are following, and have been following, the debate over guns more closely than any other news story. Can both polls be right?
The Gallup poll cited by my pal Noah Rothman did, indeed, place the issue of guns and gun control ninth on a list of issues, but does that mean that Americans don’t care about the issue? The poll asked respondents to volunteer what they thought was “the most important problem facing this country today,” and only allowed for a single response. Twenty-four percent answered “the economy,” but since they had no opportunity to give second or third answers, it doesn’t seem logical to conclude that they care only about the economy, and don’t care about anything else.