On last night's edition of Cam & Company on National Rifle Association News, host Cam Edwards and guest Jim Geraghty of the National Review Online baselessly attacked the methodology of a bipartisan poll that showed voters in Virginia, Colorado, and North Carolina trusted President Obama more on gun policy than Mitt Romney.
A poll by Democratic pollster Momentum Analysis and Republican pollster Chesapeake Bay Consulting found that voters in Virginia trusted President Obama more than Mitt Romney on guns by a 9 point margin, and in Colorado and North Carolina by four and one point margins.
Edwards and Geraghty erroneously claimed that the poll could not have produced meaningful results because they said it only sampled 500 voters across three states, and they questioned whether the sample was representative. In fact, the poll's methodology clearly states that 500 voters were sampled in each of three states polled, a sample size commonly used among professional pollsters. Reached for comment, the pollsters indicated that they used "industry accepted" techniques in conducting the poll.
Host Cam Edwards read the poll's methodology on air that described polling 500 voters in each of the three states, yet Edwards still bizarrely arrived at the conclusion that only "166 people per state" were polled and also claimed "when you only have a sample of 500 people across three states, it's going to make it really really difficult." Inadvertently describing the poll's actual methodology, Geraghty stated, "You can make 1500 calls, come on," and went on to say "The bottom line is, folks, don't read too much into this wacky poll of three states with tiny samples."
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