PPP Poll: Games More Dangerous Than Guns

Update: Many of our readers pointed out that the question in the poll about video games was directed at Republican respondents, which explains why it was skewed negatively towards video games. Thanks to everyone who pointed that out to us.

Original Story: Kotaku point out this Public Policy Polling tracking poll about the current popularity of possible future presidential nominees for the Democratic and Republican parties.

While there's some interesting information on who the party standard-bearers might be in the 2016 race, a silly question made its way into the poll with even wackier results. A poll question asks respondents: "what do you think is a bigger safety threat in America: guns or violent video games?"

A majority of respondents chose video games as a more dangerous threat to safety in America:

What do you think is a bigger safety threat in America: guns or violent video games? Guns ……………………………………………………… 14%
Video games …………………………………………… 67%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 19%

Here's the methodology used for the poll that was conducted between January 31 – February 3:

"PPP surveyed 800 voters nationally from January 31st to February 3rd. The margin of error for the survey is +/-3.5%. We oversampled 416 Democratic and 508 Republican primary voters with margins of error of +/-4.8% and +/-4.4% respectively. In Iowa between February 1st and 3rd we interviewed 313 Democratic and 326 Republican primary voters with margins of error of +/-5.5% and +/-5.4% respectively. This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. PPP surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews."

Of course, considering that 60 percent of those polled identified themselves as 46 to 65 years old (40 percent) or 65+ (30 percent), these poll results make a lot more sense. Around 72 percent identified themselves as "white" while gender and political affiliation breakdowns were mostly even – with a slight edge to conservatives.

Source: Kotaku

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    Kincyr says:

    I saw the following block of text on Kotaku's article:

    Update: As pointed out in comments, 72% of respondents to that poll are older than 45. Also, only Republican voters were asked the video games question, which might explain these breakdowns.

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    ClinkClank says:

    Gee, that's odd. They must have missed me. I'm 65, white and an avid gamer and have

    been since the halcyon days of the Atari 2600. I'm build my own PC gaming rigs and am

    exclusively into PC gaming playing the likes of STALKER, Metro 2033, Bioshock, Crysis,

    Fallout3, The Witcher 1 & 2 and Skyrim. I'm also a firearm owner using it for target

    practice and have never had the desire or inclination to shoot someone.

    I can definitely tell you bullets are much more lethal than game discs unless you

    use the discs as frisbies to bounce off the neighbors dogs head while he is pooping on

    your lawn. wink

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    According to this less biased poll, only 10% of respondents said less violence in media and games would have made a difference in Newtown.


    33 Of the following factors that some say might have helped prevent the Newtown tragedy, 
    which one do you consider MOST important? 
    Better mental health treatment 24%
    Stricter gun control laws 19%
    Better parenting 18%
    Having armed school officials or armed guards on site 17%
    Less violence in media and video games 10%
    Don't Know/Refused 4%
    Something else 3%
    Haven't you followed this news story enough to say? 3%
    All of above 1%
    Combination of above 1%
    Total 100%

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