Is the Australian Media Biased? You bet!

Richard Wilkins on the Channel 9 Today show (June 20, 2007) claimed that the poll, reproduced below, showed an overwhelming proportion of Australians supported tighter gun laws. Unfortunately for Mr. Wilkins the total number of votes recorded at the time he made this rash statement was 12. That's right, 12 votes and, of those 12 votes, 66% were NO. The results only got worse for Mr Wilkins after that.

The question asked in the poll was: "Should Australia's Gun Laws be tightened"

Interesting to note the total number of votes registered in each poll. Almost three times as many people voted in the gun poll than in the next closest poll in our sample of the six most recent polls, which says something about the bias of many in the media. The poll running at the time the sample was taken is not included and had just six votes as at 11:30 pm, June 29 2007.

 

 

Do you support the Prime Minister's plan to take control of Aboriginal      welfare?

  YES
 82%
  NO
 18%
Total votes: 938
  Should Australia's gun laws be tightened?
  YES
 11%
  NO

 89%

                   Total votes: 2724

  Should schools use corporal punishment to target bullying?

  YES
  79%
  NO
  21%
Total votes: 396

  Do women fantasise as much as men?

  YES
   69%
  NO
  31%
Total votes: 493
  Do you think maritime experts will be able to move the Pasha Bulker?
  YES
   61%
  NO
  39%
Total votes: 405
  Do you find the Hahn beer advertisement offensive?
  YES
  22%
  NO
  78%
Total votes: 357

 

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