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Party leaders feared that the recent addition of conservative planks to the party platform would diminish the popularity of the party among younger voters. Some predicted that the number of party members younger than 25 would decline, or, at best, stay the same. This fear, though, has proven to be unfounded: of all party members, the percentage younger than 25 is higher than ever. Rather than hurt the party, conservatism has helped attract more young voters to the party.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the author’s conclusion?

Many party leaders are uncomfortable with the political direction the party is taking, for both political and ideological reasons

Party candidates continue to suffer defeats when running on the party platform

The number of party members older than 25 declined significantly after the announcement of the new conservative platform

In the last election, the ratio of voters under the age of 25 who voted for the party to all voters under the age of 25 increased

Over half the population of potential voters under the age of 25 never vote
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2005, 18:39
C it is...

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of all party members, the percentage younger than 25 is higher than ever. Rather than hurt the party, conservatism has helped attract more young voters to the party.

this is because the elder members have left the party....
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2005, 19:24
Answer is C

A is wrong because the stem didn’t say anything about political leaders.

B is out of scope. Nothing was said about defeats.

C is right because if the number of members older than 25 declined significantly (significantly being the keyword here), then this would automatically offset the number of members younger than 25 making it seems as if there were more members younger than 25 whereas the number of members younger than 25 might not have changed from what it was initially.

D is out of scope talking about last election.

E too broad information.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2005, 19:41
I would select C too for the same reason as Folaa3
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2005, 20:42
C. lets quantify the problem:

before:
members > 25 = 370 (74%)
members < 25 = 130 (26%)

after:
members > 25 = 280 (70%)
members < 25 = 120 (30%)

in this examp-le, the % of the members who are <25 has been increased but the total number of members decreased. so the % incease might have resulted at the expense of decreased party mebers.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2005, 23:35
C for me too.
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OA is C...

I usually do well in CR..but somehow screwed this one....
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CLEARLY C
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2005, 09:51
Classic stat problem

C it is.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2005, 19:17
C it is!
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