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Oft-quoted 90% poll was taken in only 6 eastern states

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To the editor,
I read the letter from Dorothy Duffy about Senator Ayotte and her vote on background check legislation. I consider Dorothy a friend even though we rarely agree on political issues and I am not sure Dorothy knows all the facts that she represented.
In the first sentence she states that Sen. Ayotte voted against 90 percent of the people in the United States. I am sure Dorothy is using a statistic that she heard misrepresented by the president, who took this number from a Quinnipiac poll.
The problem is that this poll was only given in six Eastern States (NJ, NY, MA, CT, RI and MD) that have some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation. This poll also sampled 22 percent more Democrat voters than Republican voters and was passed off as representative of the entire country.
Rasmussen conducted a poll in the same states with the same ratio of Democrat to Republican and ended up with a result of 71 percent in favor of stricter background checks. When they ran this same poll in every state they found that the 90 percent number Quinnipiac represented as a national number is actually 51 percent.
A similar poll conducted nationally by Rasmussen with accepted standard of eight percent more Democrats shows only 49 percent of Americans favor gun control legislation.
Another thing I am not sure anyone is aware of is the fact that this legislation expanded the provisions of Obamacare that requires your doctor to determine if you actually own a firearm, which is reported to the FBI through HHS. The FBI would have been authorized to review your medical records to determine if you have had any injury to your head to include a minor concussion when you were playing football in high school. They can also review your health records to determine if you ever received any medication for an emotional, physical or psychological issue. All of your private medical records are made available to the government without a judicial review, a search warrant, or due process.
I guess we will have to disagree on this issue too, Dorothy. I strongly believe that everybody's personal and private information (to include my medical records) should remain personal and private, not subjected to government review.
Greg Knytych
New Hampton