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2,500 individuals of voting age were polled and asked where they stood on the political spectrum. 78% of these individuals described themselves as "moderate" in their political views; however, in the national elections that most closely preceded and followed the poll, over half of the individuals polled voted for candidates far to one end of the political spectrum. It follows that these individuals did not accurately describe their political views.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the above argument relies?
A. Individuals always characterize themselves in keeping with their actual political views.
B. There were no moderate candidates in the national elections preceding and following the poll.
C. Voters with moderate political views will not vote for candidates who do not express moderate political views.
D. Voters can be highly fickle, changing their political views in a relatively short period of time.
E. Many of the polled individuals did not understand what a moderate political view is, and so misdescribed themselves.

I don't understand the explanation of OE. Can you explain in details for me?
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Re: Moderate political views [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2012, 00:06
The conclusion is that the voters did not accurately describe their political views (moderate) based on the fact that the majority voted for an extreme candidate. Since this is an assumption question, we can easily find the answer using LEN method. I'm just going to show it for the right answer for now.

Voters with moderate political views will not vote for candidates who do not express moderate political views.

So, applying LEN, we get something like,
Voters with moderate political views might vote for candidates who do not express moderate political views.

This clearly kills the conclusion and its basis because if voters with mooderate political views vote for an extreme politician. Then it would be wrong to say that they did not accurately describe their political views.
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Re: Moderate political views [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 19:32
Hi Gamelord

MacFauz has already explained beautifully. Hope you are clear, otherwise visit the link.

article-what-and-how-to-negate-4-exercise-questions-138510.html#p1119593

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Re: Moderate political views [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 14:34
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The conclusion is that the voters did not accurately describe their political views (moderate) based on the fact that the majority voted for an extreme candidate. Since this is an assumption question, we can easily find the answer using LEN method. I'm just going to show it for the right answer for now.

Voters with moderate political views will not vote for candidates who do not express moderate political views.

So, applying LEN, we get something like,
Voters with moderate political views might vote for candidates who do not express moderate political views.
While considering the above negated statement along with the conclusion , you will feel it doesnt kills the conclusion.
If voters might vote for polliticians with extreme thought, than they are doing what conclusion is stating and not the opposite.
Hence it doesnt kills the conclusion.
Pls explain if i have missed something.

This clearly kills the conclusion and its basis because if voters with mooderate political views vote for an extreme politician. Then it would be wrong to say that they did not accurately describe their political views.



C.Voters with moderate political views will not vote for candidates who do not express moderate political views.
D. Voters can be highly fickle, changing their political views in a relatively short period of time.
When we negate D : Voters may not be highly fickle, changing their political views in a relatively short period of time.

Conclusion:It follows that these individuals did not accurately describe their political views.
I think negated option D kills the conclusion, so why should we not select D.
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Re: Moderate political views [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 20:58
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MacFauz wrote:
The conclusion is that the voters did not accurately describe their political views (moderate) based on the fact that the majority voted for an extreme candidate. Since this is an assumption question, we can easily find the answer using LEN method. I'm just going to show it for the right answer for now.

Voters with moderate political views will not vote for candidates who do not express moderate political views.

So, applying LEN, we get something like,
Voters with moderate political views might vote for candidates who do not express moderate political views.
While considering the above negated statement along with the conclusion , you will feel it doesnt kills the conclusion.
If voters might vote for polliticians with extreme thought, than they are doing what conclusion is stating and not the opposite.
Hence it doesnt kills the conclusion.
Pls explain if i have missed something.

This clearly kills the conclusion and its basis because if voters with mooderate political views vote for an extreme politician. Then it would be wrong to say that they did not accurately describe their political views.



C.Voters with moderate political views will not vote for candidates who do not express moderate political views.
D. Voters can be highly fickle, changing their political views in a relatively short period of time.
When we negate D : Voters may not be highly fickle, changing their political views in a relatively short period of time.

Conclusion:It follows that these individuals did not accurately describe their political views.
I think negated option D kills the conclusion, so why should we not select D.


The conclusion says that the voters misrepresented themselves. i.e It means to say that although the voters had said that they had moderate political views, they actually had extreme views.

D) Negating this option does not infact kill the conclusion. I can still argue that voters may not have changed in their views, but that does not necessarily mean that they would vote for the candidate with the same views. eg: I may have conservative views but still I might vote for the Liberal candidate because maybe I feel that he is a nice guy.

C on the other hand does not leave room for this argument and hence is the right answer.

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Re: 2,500 individuals of voting age were polled and asked where [#permalink] New post 08 May 2014, 20:23
Could someone explain why A is wrong?
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