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A recent poll revealed that most students at our university prefer that the university, which is searching for a new president, hire someone who has extensive experience as a university president. However, in the very same poll, the person most students chose from among a list of leading candidates as the one they would most like to see hired was someone who has never served as a university president.

Which one of the following, if true, most helps to account for the apparent discrepancy in the students’ preferences?

(A) Because several of the candidates listed in the poll had extensive experience as university presidents, not all of the candidates could be differentiated on this basis alone.
(B) Most of the candidates listed in the poll had extensive experience as university presidents.
(C) Students taking the poll had fewer candidates to choose from than were currently being considered for the position.
(D) Most of the students taking the poll did not know whether any of the leading candidates listed in the poll had ever served as a university president.
(E) Often a person can be well suited to a position even though they have relatively little experience in such a position.

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A recent poll revealed that most students at our university prefer that the university, which is searching for a new president, hire someone who has extensive experience as a university president. However, in the very same poll, the person most students chose from among a list of leading candidates as the one they would most like to see hired was someone who has never served as a university president.

Which one of the following, if true, most helps to account for the apparent discrepancy in the students’ preferences?

(A) Because several of the candidates listed in the poll had extensive experience as university presidents, not all of the candidates could be differentiated on this basis alone.
(B) Most of the candidates listed in the poll had extensive experience as university presidents.
(C) Students taking the poll had fewer candidates to choose from than were currently being considered for the position.
(D) Most of the students taking the poll did not know whether any of the leading candidates listed in the poll had ever served as a university president.
(E) Often a person can be well suited to a position even though they have relatively little experience in such a position.

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A. If the list of candidates has a lot of experienced university presidents, they will screen and select from the list based on any new criteria from that list only, as that criteria should match. So, does not resolve.
B. Same as A.
C. Irrelevant information
D. If the student does not know about the experience of the candidate, past experience criteria become irrelevant. Hence, this gives a well-explained solution to the paradox.
E. If the information provided already say that students are looking for an experienced candidate. The information is irrelevant as its just the general view, not students view.
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