Several legislators claim that the public finds many current movies so violent as to be
morally offensive. However, these legislators have misrepresented public opinion. In a
survey conducted by a movie industry guild, only 17 percent of respondents thought that
movies are overly violent, and only 3 percent found any recent movie morally offensive.
These low percentages are telling, because the respondents see far more current movies than
does the average moviegoer. The reasoning in the argument is flawed in that the argument
a) attempts to undermine the legislators’ credibility instead of addressing their argument
b) bases its conclusion on subjective judgments rather than on an objective criterion of moral
c) fails to consider the possibility that violent movies increase the prevalence of antisocial
d) generalizes from a sample that is unlikely to be representative of public sentiment
e) presumes, without providing justification, that the people surveyed based their responses on
a random sampling of movies
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