11 December 2014

2nd Amendment Becoming More Popular Among African-Americans

Pew found 54 percent of blacks now say firearms protect people from being victims of crimes, compared to 41 percent who say they are a public safety risk. Just two years ago, only 29 percent of blacks said guns were a public safety boon.

“Over the past two years, blacks’ views on this measure have changed dramatically,” Pew researchers said.
That's an amazing stat with potentially huge political repercussions. More here.


ropelight said...

A shift of opinion that great in so short a time strains credulity, especially on a hot button issue.

It's not enough to note the dramatic change without also reassuring readers that before and after data collection methods and techniques were essentially identical. And, that reassurance seems to be curiously missing.

Any significant differences in the make-up of survey populations, questions asked, weighting, statistical models, and dozens of other variables, could easily skew the results.

Now, I don't doubt that opinions change over time, but I'm not prepared to accept Pew's report of such a dramatic change in so short a period without evidence that results are legitimately derived from reasonably comparable sources. Color me skeptical.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Don't know RL - you might have a point, but other dramatic swings are also taking place - many not so good.