Bainbridge Island Review


Online polls help get the conversation started | IN OUR OPINION

February 2, 2013 · 2:01 PM

Sometimes, the results are surprising.

Each week on our newspaper’s website at bainbridgereview.com, we pose a survey question to our online readers about one of the hot topics of the week.

A series of questions earlier this month explored issues involving firearms.

When we asked “Do you have a gun in your home?” we were met with a resounding “no” from more than 90 percent of those who answered the poll.

The next question also brought a nearly universal response.

“Should anyone who purchases a gun be subject to a background check?”

Again, nearly everyone who participated in the poll answered “yes.”

We were a bit surprised, then, to see how the following poll fared when we posed this question: “Should the Bainbridge city council pass a resolution in support of a federal ban on assault weapons?”

A majority, though slim, said “yes.”

It was an interesting conclusion, nonetheless, given the assumptions that had been made about support for the resolution in the days leading up to the city council’s 5-1 vote to approve it.

It should be noted that our online polls are nonscientific, and anyone who visits our website can participate.

Still, the results and the questions we pose serve as a valuable conversation starters.

Have a question you’d like to see asked? Send it to us at editor@bainbridgereview.com.

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