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Response to ExCop-LawStudent (Reply #72)

Thu Jul 4, 2013, 04:32 PM

74. Sham studies, sham results

1. excoplawstudent cited: SanDiegoPoliceAssoc survey

link: The {SanDiegoPolice} survey.. was also released with very limited methodology. What is known is that the survey was published in a 1997 edition of The Informant, a magazine published by the San Diego Police Officers Association (SDPOS). What is unknown is the rate that Informant subscribers completed and returned the survey. It is also impossible to say whether the views of police officers in the SDPOS in any way represent the views of police officers as a whole.

2 excop cited a 'NACOP' survey: Nat Assoc. of Chiefs of Police -NACOP has also been criticized by former Congressman Ed Feighan (D-OH), who questioned the organization's polling methods in the 1991 CNN special by stating, "It is a dangerous organization because it operates and disseminates wrongful information under a very legitimate-sounding name."

3 excop cited Police Magazine: a 2007 survey conducted by Police Magazine, also suffers from flawed methodology.. explanation of survey methodology shows a profound miscomprehension about what constitutes a representative sample.. What {Police Magazine} fails to appreciate is that Nielsen {polls} carefully controls the demographics of its survey population to be representative of the general population. A survey directed towards individuals who choose to subscribe to Police Magazine does nothing of the sort.

All 3 of the {EXCOPLAWSTUDENT} surveys are obviously unscientific. But John Lott, a professional statistician, cited them because they confirmed his pre-existing belief about gun regulation. Lott's desire to confirm his own biases also likely led him to ignore a study examining what police chiefs think about gun violence regulations that actually produced statistically significant results. http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/08/03/gun-researcher-pushes-sham-statistics-in-the-wa/189120

2006 mail survey, which appeared in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, was conducted by actual academics who put measures in place to ensure the internal validity of their survey. 93.5% of police chiefs supported requiring a background check to purchase a handgun. 73.4% of police chiefs were in favor of child access laws. 69.4% of police chiefs supported mandatory handgun registration. 58.4% of police chiefs believed civilians should not carry firearms in public places

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