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# Did the majority of voters polled claim that they planned to

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Did the majority of voters polled claim that they planned to [#permalink]  12 Nov 2007, 21:36
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Did the majority of voters polled claim that they planned to vote for Candidate Q?

1. of the people polled, those claiming that they planned to vote for candidate Q outnumbered those who did not by 4 to 1

Answer is A. I can see why its A, but when I first read the question, I thought about the polled voters that didn't vote for either. Therefore, I picked E. (example: 10 polled, 4 voted yes, 1 voted No. This does not mean that the majority voted yes).

Looking back on this question, I guess I am assuming that "voters" literally means people who vote only. But what about on the real exam...i have always been taught to be very cautious on these DS wording. Any thoughts on this?
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Re: PR - Cracking the GMAT DS question [#permalink]  12 Nov 2007, 21:51
aliensoybean wrote:
Did the majority of voters polled claim that they planned to vote for Candidate Q?

1. of the people polled, those claiming that they planned to vote for candidate Q outnumbered those who did not by 4 to 1

Answer is A. I can see why its A, but when I first read the question, I thought about the polled voters that didn't vote for either. Therefore, I picked E. (example: 10 polled, 4 voted yes, 1 voted No. This does not mean that the majority voted yes).

Looking back on this question, I guess I am assuming that "voters" literally means people who vote only. But what about on the real exam...i have always been taught to be very cautious on these DS wording. Any thoughts on this?

Stat 1 tells us that the number of those who 'claimed' to vote for Q was greater than any other number. Sufficient.

Stat 2: Leaves open the question that how many candidates stood in the election. Further, since the question is asking about 'claimed' the actual votes don't matter. Insuff.

Re: PR - Cracking the GMAT DS question   [#permalink] 12 Nov 2007, 21:51
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