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A city poll of the community showed that 88 percent of respondents

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A city poll of the community showed that 88 percent of respondents believe that an appropriate amount of the city budget is being spent on parks and recreation. It seems, then, that any significant increase in the city budget should be spent on something other than parks and recreation.

Which one of the following describes a flaw in reasoning in the above argument?


    A. The argument confuses a coincidence with a correlation.

    B. The argument confuses the percentage of the budget spent on parks and recreation with the amount of money spent on parks and recreation.

    C. The argument does not justify its presumption that what is true of a portion of the budget also applies to the total budget.

    D. The argument fails to consider that less money could be spent and a significant percentage of the community would still find that amount to be appropriate.

    E. The argument fails to consider that if more money from the budget were spent on parks and recreation, then an even larger percentage of the community might approve of that use of the budget.



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Originally posted by AshutoshB on 01 Aug 2018, 00:54.
Last edited by Bunuel on 01 Aug 2018, 01:17, edited 1 time in total.
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The best answer is E.This is a flaw question. Answer choice E correctly points out that the author of the argument is assuming that the proportion of city residents who approve of the level of funding for parks and recreation cannot be raised above 88 percent. While such an outcome is not guaranteed simply by spending more public money on parks and recreation, it is at least a plausible, possible outcome that prevents reaching the argument’s conclusion, that any new money should be spent on some other purpose, without more evidence. The other answer choices describe common argument flaws that are simply not relevant to the stimulus argument.

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Prethinking: How many didn't respond? Which individuals responded? Would they still feel it's appropriate if the amount of money was increased?

A. The argument confuses a coincidence with a correlation.irrelevant
B. The argument confuses the percentage of the budget spent on parks and recreation with the amount of money spent on parks and recreation.irrelevant
C. The argument does not justify its presumption that what is true of a portion of the budget also applies to the total budget. irrelevant
D. The argument fails to consider that less money could be spent and a significant percentage of the community would still find that amount to be appropriate. Strengthens argument, trick answer
E. The argument fails to consider that if more money from the budget were spent on parks and recreation, then an even larger percentage of the community might approve of that use of the budget. Correct
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