Model for Mark Begich and gun control vote

Sen. Mark Pryor, Democrat from Arkansas, is responding to an ad from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which is criticizing Pryor’s gun control vote. Pryor was one of four U.S. senators to buck the Dems and vote against gun control. Bloomberg’s group reportedly has spent $350,000 on the ad

In his counter, Pryor takes on Bloomberg, which is likely a winning strategy in Arkansas as it would be in Alaska. Watch here:

Sen. Mark Begich also voted against gun control, and Bloomberg’s mayors are also eyeing  Begich’s vote. I haven’t seen any Bloomberg commercials yet, but they are said to becoming and Begich is likely salivating over notion. He’s already responding with radio ads, using his vote on gun control as a positive. Which, despite a ridiculously flawed PPP poll, it will likely be.

PPP also came out with a poll on the Arkansas race. It describes its findings: “Mark Pryor’s chances for reelection next year would be enhanced if he supported a background check bill when it comes back up in the Senate.”

I don’t know if the Arkansas poll was as flawed as the poll in Alaska. If it is, then Pryor’s team should just ignore it. The PPP poll done on gun control in Alaska showed that only 35 percent of Alaskans opposed background checks, a notion that’s so absurd that I dug a little deeper into the poll. Among the poll’s many flaws:

  • Gender: Alaska is roughly 50 percent male to female, but the firm sampled 56 percent women to 44 percent men.
  • Party affiliation: Of the total registered voters in Alaska, only 14 percent are registered Democrats. About 27 percent are registered Republicans. The sample size that PPP used was 25 percent Democrats and 30 percent Republicans.
  • “Independents/other.” About 53 percent of registered voters are registered “undeclared,” and “nonpartisan.” Then there’s the Alaska Independence Party, which is a whole other breed of people, and the Libertarians.  The two of them make up about 6 percent of voters. The PPP’s sample lumps them all together, calls them “Independent/other,” and only uses a 45 percent sample size.

As I wrote before, I’d chalk that poll up, as I have other PPP polls, to the kind of crackpot tool that you find on both sides of the political spectrum intent on spreading propaganda and false narratives if it weren’t for the fact that the media dutifully reports on the polls.

There’s a healthy debate to have over Begich’s gun control vote. But it won’t happen through distortions and fabrications.

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2 thoughts on “Model for Mark Begich and gun control vote

  1. Mary

    Lean D: CO (Udall), NH (Shaheen)Ceradtainly aganist a Ken Buck. How safe is he aganist a modaderadate Republican?Re: CO ~ Benadnet, an appointee, won in the 2010 wave elecadtion for Reps. And NH votaders appear to like females.>There are (2) shiloh’s at Bart’s blog ’cause hey, you can never have enough shiloh’s! The other “Shiloh” may be bartadbuster, but nota0sure.>Again libs, rememadber how you were a tad pissed for a couadple days when Bush won ina02004?Hold that thought …Times it by a gaziladlion er infinadity lol and you know how Bart is feeling.Bart was all in on turaddadblosadsom, Dick Moradris, George Will, Krauthamadmer, Krisadtol, Carladson, Fred Barnes, Barone, Peggy “totally brainaddead” Nooadnan, et al hysadteradiadcal con “punaddits” skewed politadiadcal polling.btw, do turaddadblosadsom, Dick Moradris, George Will, Krauthamadmer, Krisadtol, Carladson, Fred Barnes, Barone, Peggy “totally brainaddead” Nooadnan actuadally receive a payadcheck for their incoadheradent gibadberadish! Rhetorical …>Of course, this made it all the more enjoyadable for Nate Siladver as Bart should have known better.Much like Ameradica electading a bi-​​racial, African/​American, Comadmuadnist, Marxadist, Socialadist, Islamo-​​Fascist, wealth disadtribaduter, Satan, anti-​​christ, the devil, Musadlim born in Kenya who wakes up every mornading hatading Ameradica and Ameradiadcans the 44th Presadiaddent of the United States of Ameradica! was quite enjoyadablea0also.I digress.Breakin’ …Obama was re-​​elected ?!? Knock me over w/​a feather!

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