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In a nationwide poll, N people were interviewed. If 1/4 of them answered "yes" to question 1, and of those, 1/3 answered "yes" to question 2, which of the following expressions represents the number of people interviewed who did NOT answer "yes" to both questions?

A. N/7
B. 6N/7
C. 5N/12
D. 7N/12
E. 11N/12
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Re: Survey yes/no [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2009, 08:13
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Those who answered yes to both questions = 1/4 x 1/3 = 1/12
So, answer = 1 - 1/12 = 11/12
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Re: Survey yes/no [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 03:27
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In a nationwide poll, N people were interviewed. If 1/4 of them answered "yes" to question 1, and of those, 1/3 answered "yes" to question 2, which of the following expressions represents the number of people interviewed who did NOT answer "yes" to both questions?

A N/7
B 6N/7
C 5N/12
D 7N/12
E 11N/12

Bunuel, can you please look at this question. I personally got E for the answer. But after giving it some thought, I started to doubt it. My reasoning goes like this:

Total: 36

Yes to 1: 9
Yes to 1 and Yes to 2: 1/3 * 9 = 3

No to 1: 36-9 = 27
No to 1 No to 2: ?
No to 1 Yes to 2: ?

So, I don't know how we can calculate No 1 No to 2. I guess that's what the question asks.

Thank you.


No, the question asks for {No,No}, {No,Yes}, {Yes,No} any combination but {Yes,Yes}: "the number of people interviewed who did NOT answer "yes" to both questions".

If we use your example then: 1/4th of 36 or 9 people answered YES to question 1. Of those, 1/3 answered "yes" to question 2, so 1/3rd of 9 or 3 people answered YES to BOTH question 1 and 2. So YES to both questions answered 3/36=1/12 of N people interviewed and 1-1/12=11/12 of N people interviewed did NOT answer "yes" to both questions.

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Can anyone, please, explain, why result is E? And post OA.
I am getting completely different result: 2/3N.
If there are 1/4N people answered yes to q1 and 1/3 of those answered yes to q2. Thus, people who answered yes to q2 is 1/12. and total no of people ans yes is 1/12+1/4=1/3N.

So, those who answered NO: N-1/3N=2/3N. What do I do wrong? help appreciated.


One of the GMAT tricks. Do not overcomplicate - they ask for the mumber of people who did not answer "yes" to BOTH questions, while you are calculating "not yes for ANY of the 2 questions"

E should be correct
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Re: Survey yes/no [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2009, 12:56
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Ok, thanks. So does question asks ("of those") meaning of all people?


Nope. It's 1/3 of that 1/4 who answered yes to 1st question.

The math goes like this:

1/4 - yes to Q1
1/3 of 1/4 - yes to Q2 and Q1. 1/3 of 1/4 is 1/12 of the total number of people

The question asks simply how many people did are not included into that fraction, so we substract 1/12 from 1 as a whole, thus get 11/12
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Re: Survey yes/no [#permalink] New post 13 May 2009, 03:44
Q1 {N}
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YES {N/4} NO {3N/4}
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yes Q2 no Q2 yesQ2 noQ2
{N/12} {N/6} ???

I always approach these kinds of sums with flowcharts(for eg. #124).Here what we need is denoted by a question mark.i.e. NO on both questions.I don't understand this,we have no idea of how 3N/4 is broken up.Help??
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Re: Survey yes/no [#permalink] New post 13 May 2009, 05:36
You dug this up from the lost pages.

Anyway, E

Q1 Yes No
1/4N 3/4N (1-1/4)
Q2 1/4*1/3N 1-1/4*1/3N

i.e No to both the questions = 11N/12
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Re: Survey yes/no [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2009, 02:12
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In a nationwide poll, N people were interviewed. If 1/4 of them answered "yes" to question 1, and of those, 1/3 answered "yes" to question 2, which of the following expressions represents the number of people interviewed who did NOT answer "yes" to both questions?

A N/7

B 6N/7

C 5N/12

D 7N/12

E 11N/12



Can anyone, please, explain, why result is E? And post OA.
I am getting completely different result: 2/3N.
If there are 1/4N people answered yes to q1 and 1/3 of those answered yes to q2. Thus, people who answered yes to q2 is 1/12. and total no of people ans yes is 1/12+1/4=1/3N.

So, those who answered NO: N-1/3N=2/3N. What do I do wrong? help appreciated.
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Re: Survey yes/no [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2009, 11:52
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barakhaiev wrote:
Can anyone, please, explain, why result is E? And post OA.
I am getting completely different result: 2/3N.
If there are 1/4N people answered yes to q1 and 1/3 of those answered yes to q2. Thus, people who answered yes to q2 is 1/12. and total no of people ans yes is 1/12+1/4=1/3N.

So, those who answered NO: N-1/3N=2/3N. What do I do wrong? help appreciated.


One of the GMAT tricks. Do not overcomplicate - they ask for the mumber of people who did not answer "yes" to BOTH questions, while you are calculating "not yes for ANY of the 2 questions"

E should be correct


Ok, thanks. So does question asks ("of those") meaning of all people?
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Re: Survey yes/no [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2009, 04:37
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Ok, thanks. So does question asks ("of those") meaning of all people?


Nope. It's 1/3 of that 1/4 who answered yes to 1st question.

The math goes like this:

1/4 - yes to Q1
1/3 of 1/4 - yes to Q2 and Q1. 1/3 of 1/4 is 1/12 of the total number of people

The question asks simply how many people did are not included into that fraction, so we substract 1/12 from 1 as a whole, thus get 11/12



I got it...tricky.

Thank you very much for clarifying it, arkadiyua!
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Re: Survey yes/no [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2009, 10:46
Yes i too go with the answer of 11N/12. The trick here is the number of people who have not answered YES to both questions is not the same as the number of people who have answered NO to both questions. It could be that they had answered YES to only one of the questions or NO to both questions.
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Re: Survey yes/no [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2009, 22:32
E for me

But this question is somewhat unclear to me. There might be people who answer no in the question 1 but answer yes in the question 2.
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Re: Survey yes/no [#permalink] New post 11 May 2010, 07:29
I solved it in a different approach (with a calculated guess):

N/4 says Yes to Q1. So, 3N/4 will say No to Q1.So, the final number has to be >=3N/4.

On looking the choices B and E remains. We cant have 7 in the denominator, so E is the answer 8-)


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In a nationwide poll, N people were interviewed. If 1/4 of them answered "yes" to question 1, and of those, 1/3 answered "yes" to question 2, which of the following expressions represents the number of people interviewed who did NOT answer "yes" to both questions?

A N/7

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Re: Survey yes/no [#permalink] New post 19 May 2010, 19:30
So first we figure out what proportion of N did answer yes to both questions. 1/3 answered yes to #1 and of those 1/4 answered yes to #2. Thus 1/3 times 1/4=1/12N answered yes to both. Now it is simple subtraction to find those who did not vote yes on both. 11/12N. So the answer should be E.

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Re: Survey yes/no [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 03:03
Bunuel, can you please look at this question. I personally got E for the answer. But after giving it some thought, I started to doubt it. My reasoning goes like this:

Total: 36

Yes to 1: 9
Yes to 1 and Yes to 2: 1/3 * 9 = 3

No to 1: 36-9 = 27
No to 1 No to 2: ?
No to 1 Yes to 2: ?

So, I don't know how we can calculate No 1 No to 2. I guess that's what the question asks.

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Re: Survey yes/no [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 03:45
Yes, thanks a lot. I got the question wrong.
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Re: In a nationwide poll, N people were interviewed. If 1/4 of [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2012, 21:45
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1/3 of that said Yes to question 2: N/12

N - \frac{1}{4}*\frac{1}{3} = N - \frac{N}{12}= \frac{11N}{12}

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Re: In a nationwide poll, N people were interviewed. If 1/4 of [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2014, 00:50
We require to find the value of shaded region (in pink)

Total students = n

Yes for Q1 = \frac{n}{4}

Yes for both Q1 & Q2= \frac{n}{4} * \frac{1}{3} = \frac{n}{12}

Remaining= n - \frac{n}{12}

= \frac{11n}{12}

Answer = E
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