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Matt Grossmann
Republicans are increasingly refusing to answers survey questions about gun ownership, which may lead to biased estimates of gun ownership levels & ownership effects on opinion
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DCdoozy 11 May 18
Replying to @MattGrossmann
I don't answer that when the doctor asks me. It's nobody's business; not some doctor, not the federal government, and not some social scientist.
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Rachel "The Doc" Bitecofer 📈🔭🍌 11 May 18
Replying to @MattGrossmann
they're worried the survey is a ruse for government to register them? Or there is a subset who recognize that outside of ownership groups gun ownership is unpopular so it's a social desirability issue? Interesting
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Charlotte Hill 11 May 18
Replying to @MattGrossmann
Relatedly, the NRA encourages its members to refuse to answer questions about gun ownership at the doctor's office.
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josh buermann 12 May 18
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Chris Ruebeck 11 May 18
The paper reports some correlation with lack of confidence in the federal gov’t, right-leaning ideology, and interviewer-rated non-cooperation, but no correlation with measure of interpersonal trust. “Ideological beliefs seem to matter more than general curtness.” Zing!
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Amy Erica Smith 13 May 18
Replying to @MattGrossmann
This sounds like an interesting case where all the indirect questioning techniques such as list experiments or anonymous ballots won't work--rather than reduce social desirability bias, they would probably just heighten respondent suspicion of a bizarre plot.
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MicahCRob 16 May 18
Replying to @MattGrossmann
It only looks like 4-6% refusal. That's about what you can expect on questions like children in the household, past presidential vote, personal ideology and party identification. That's normal and this is not a story.
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Anon Y Mouse 11 May 18
Yes.
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