Let's see, now. IIRC I passed third grade arithmatic, after 2 or 3 tries. 90% of Illinois voters + 76% of Illinois voters = 166% of Illinois voters.Voters statewide expressed overwhelming support for closing the "private sale loophole" by requiring background checks for all gun sales, with 90 percent in support and 76 percent strongly supporting such a measure.
Amazingly, I also passed Statistics - twice! Once as an undergrad, and again as a graduate student. These polls where one is asked to choose how much they support a particular idea are based on Likert Scales - where you rate something from1 -5, or1 -10, or 1-100. You can only choose one number/ranking. Let's construct a replica of what the VPC survey question probably looked like:
Do you support closing the "Gun Show Loophole" that allows anybody, including mass murderers, rapist, child molesters and Conservatives, to buy guns, including fully semiautomatic assault weapons, from private sellers without having a background check?
1 2 3 45
No Not Really Kinda SortaHeck yeah! Nobody should
have a gun anyway.
So 90% of those taking the poll (amazingly, the number polled is never mentioned) picked #4, and 76% picked #5. I guess the poll was based on the same sort of ballot they used down in Florida - the kind with the chads that can get you hung.
OK, so in Illinois the dead getsurveyed twice, I guess. Or maybe the whole thing was outsourced to ACORN, seeing as how they have so much experience in stuff like this. Because we all know VPC would never report anything that was not 100% (or more) on the up and up. [/sarcasm]
Hope you all stayed awake through the statistics lecture. Class dismissed.
* Edited to correct numbers for Likert scales.