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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 authorâ€™s conclusion?

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

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

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

D. 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.

E. Over half the population of potential voters under the age of 25 never vote.
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11 Sep 2005, 06:06
I conclude this to be C very quickly. The reason is that the auhor claims the younger percentage is higher than ever because of the recent addition of conservative planks to the party platform.

The percentage (younger population/total population) might be higher because the total number of candidates may have decreased in its value as some of the older members may have left the party because of their dislike for the conservative planks.

Thus, the % is higher because of some other reason than the stated reason. Thus, a severe causal flaw. I believe the rest need not be taken into account as they are out of context.

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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 authorâ€™s conclusion?

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

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

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

D. 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.

E. Over half the population of potential voters under the age of 25 never vote.

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11 Sep 2005, 06:09
Yes, C for the same reasons. If the total number of members dropped, then the percentage of members younger than 25 would go up even though the actual number reamained the same.
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11 Sep 2005, 06:14
C for me as well.

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11 Sep 2005, 14:17
C it is......
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11 Sep 2005, 14:50
(C) - Percentage--Number Game.
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11 Sep 2005, 20:36
C...a statistic analogy. Just because the % of the 25 years old or younger have increased does not mean that the total # have increase as well. It is possible that the # of older people have decline, which leaves the % of the younger crowd to be higher.
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12 Sep 2005, 02:38
Evidence: Adding conservative planks has attracted more youngsters
Conclusion: % of members younger than 25 is younger than ever!
What we're looking for: A statement which will counter the belief that conservatism has increased the number of younger members.

A. Many party leaders are uncomfortable with the political direction the party is taking, for both political and ideological reasons.
- This has no impact because we already know that some party leaders fear the results of the new political direction, but it's already been done.

B. Party candidates continue to suffer defeats when running on the party platform.
- This is out of scope and is irrelevant.

C. The number of party members older than 25 declined significantly after the announcement of the new conservative platform.
- This offers another reason as to why the % of members under 25 years of age would increase. If members older than 25 left, then the % of 25 year olds to the entire party will increase.

D. 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.
- We are not concerned with the ratio from the last election.

E. Over half the population of potential voters under the age of 25 never vote.
- So what?

My guess <b>C</b>.

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12 Sep 2005, 02:46
OA is indeed C guys!
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