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Accurate polling is difficult

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While doing some polling in conjunction with a certain candidate's campaigns, I was impressed with the absolute dichotomy between the survey in which I was involved and the results published in the media relative to Second Amendment issues.

The pro-gun vs. the anti-gun sentiment was vastly pro-gun. Polling data by its very nature, including the data with which I was involved, can be subjective in any number of subtle ways.

It is suggested a more proper safeguard to the public would be provided if private or public entities would adopt the following procedure when contracting for poling services:

1. Rotate on a regular bases and with as wide a number of suppliers as possible the vendors employed for polling services.

2. Exclude from polling assignments involving general public sentiment any vendors employed by the organization for gathering other types of statistical data.

Tom Boley

Salt Lake City