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# A recent survey conducted in the New Homes magazine

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A recent survey conducted in the New Homes magazine indicated that more than 70% of its
readers are planning to purchase or build a new home over the next two years. Based on the
results of the survey, the editor of the magazine concluded that over the next two years, the
real estate industry is likely to experience rapid growth driven by the high market demand
for new homes. Which of the following statements, if true, would be the most damaging to
the conclusion of the magazine’s editor?
A) The survey included over 50,000 respondents representing all major age categories.
b) The survey was mailed to all the subscribers of the magazine and included prepaid postage
to facilitate returning the questionnaire.
c) Readers of the New Homes magazine are much more likely to be interested in buying or
purchasing a home than the rest of the public.
d) The number of the magazine’s readers has more than doubled over the past 2 years.
e) All survey respondents received one free issue of the magazine as a token of appreciation for
filling out the survey.

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29 Apr 2012, 05:56
C

due to representative bias

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14 Aug 2013, 09:14
With no data on how much % of population subscribes to this magazine, option C could affect the conclusion. For example, if the 90% of the city population subscribed and responded to the survey, the fact C would not weaken the conclusion.

Yet, among the given options, C comes close.

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25 Jun 2014, 02:50
I made mistake while choosing the answer ... chose E instead .. This is not the most appropriate reason to weaken the conclusion , option C sounds better ....

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25 Jun 2014, 06:59
Choice C points out the flaw that based on the given sample of representatives who are more interested in buying a new home, the survey cannot conclude that over the next two years the real estate industry is likely to experience rapid growth.
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This question is part of the GMAT Club Critical Reasoning: "Weaken an argument" revision Project.

A recent survey conducted in the New Homes magazine indicated that more than 70% of its readers are planning to purchase or build a new home over the next two years. Based on the results of the survey, the editor of the magazine concluded that over the next two years, the real estate industry is likely to experience rapid growth driven by the high market demand for new homes. Which of the following statements, if true, would be the most damaging to the conclusion of the magazine’s editor?

A. The survey included over 50,000 respondents representing all major age categories.

B. The survey was mailed to all the subscribers of the magazine and included prepaid postage to facilitate returning the questionnaire.

C. Readers of the New Homes magazine are much more likely to be interested in buying or purchasing a home than the rest of the public.

D. The number of the magazine’s readers has more than doubled over the past 2 years.

E. All survey respondents received one free issue of the magazine as a token of appreciation for filling out the survey.
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05 Apr 2017, 10:32
A recent survey conducted in the New Homes magazine indicated that more than 70% of its
readers are planning to purchase or build a new home over the next two years. Based on the
results of the survey, the editor of the magazine concluded that over the next two years, the
real estate industry is likely to experience rapid growth driven by the high market demand
for new homes. Which of the following statements, if true, would be the most damaging to
the conclusion of the magazine’s editor?
A) The survey included over 50,000 respondents representing all major age categories.
b) The survey was mailed to all the subscribers of the magazine and included prepaid postage
to facilitate returning the questionnaire.
c) Readers of the New Homes magazine are much more likely to be interested in buying or
purchasing a home than the rest of the public.

d) The number of the magazine’s readers has more than doubled over the past 2 years.
e) All survey respondents received one free issue of the magazine as a token of appreciation for
filling out the survey.

C is the correct choice because it says that the people who filled the survey are not the true representation of the total population and that the readers of teh magazine are more intrested in buying property than the people who do not.

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28 May 2017, 12:03
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This question is part of the GMAT Club Critical Reasoning: "Weaken an argument" revision Project.

A recent survey conducted in the New Homes magazine indicated that more than 70% of its readers are planning to purchase or build a new home over the next two years. Based on the results of the survey, the editor of the magazine concluded that over the next two years, the real estate industry is likely to experience rapid growth driven by the high market demand for new homes. Which of the following statements, if true, would be the most damaging to the conclusion of the magazine’s editor?

A. The survey included over 50,000 respondents representing all major age categories.

B. The survey was mailed to all the subscribers of the magazine and included prepaid postage to facilitate returning the questionnaire.

C. Readers of the New Homes magazine are much more likely to be interested in buying or purchasing a home than the rest of the public.

D. The number of the magazine’s readers has more than doubled over the past 2 years.

E. All survey respondents received one free issue of the magazine as a token of appreciation for filling out the survey.

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30 May 2017, 21:12
A recent survey conducted in the New Homes magazine indicated that more than 70% of its readers are planning to purchase or build a new home over the next two years. Based on the results of the survey, the editor of the magazine concluded that over the next two years, the real estate industry is likely to experience rapid growth driven by the high market demand for new homes.

Type - weaken
Boil it down - 70% of readers will purchase or build home over next 2 years . Thus , real estate industry will boom
Pre- thinking - What if readers of New Homes are not representative of people in general ?

A. The survey included over 50,000 respondents representing all major age categories. - Irrelevant

B. The survey was mailed to all the subscribers of the magazine and included prepaid postage to facilitate returning the questionnaire. Irrelevant

C. Readers of the New Homes magazine are much more likely to be interested in buying or purchasing a home than the rest of the public.- Correct

D. The number of the magazine’s readers has more than doubled over the past 2 years.- Irrelevant

E. All survey respondents received one free issue of the magazine as a token of appreciation for filling out the survey. Irrelevant

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30 May 2017, 22:45
The main conclusion of the editor is this: that because 70% of this magazine's readers are planning for a new home as per their survey, real estate industry is likely to experience a boom in coming years.

Well, if the survey has sampled people of all kinds, ages etc then this conclusion is very likely to be true. Thus option A actually strengthens the argument, not weaken it.

Whether the survey was facilitated by means of free issue or prepaid postage has nothing to do with why people would respond with a 'yes' on planning their home. So option B and E are irrelevant.

Option D also is irrelevant because increase in readers of this magazine might still mean that readers are a very little percentage of the total population.

Option C, if true, would mean that only this magazine's readers are mainly interested in new homes. Just because few people want homes doesn't mean it would lead to a boom in real estate. This definitely weakens the argument. hence C answer

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A recent survey conducted in the New Homes magazine indicated that more than 70% of its readers are planning to purchase or build a new home over the next two years. Based on the results of the survey, the editor of the magazine concluded that over the next two years, the real estate industry is likely to experience rapid growth driven by the high market demand for new homes. Which of the following statements, if true, would be the most damaging to the conclusion of the magazine’s editor?

A. The survey included over 50,000 respondents representing all major age categories. (It's kind of assumption and strengthen the argument)

B. The survey was mailed to all the subscribers of the magazine and included prepaid postage to facilitate returning the questionnaire. (Irrelevant)

C. Readers of the New Homes magazine are much more likely to be interested in buying or purchasing a home than the rest of the public. (Correct)

D. The number of the magazine’s readers has more than doubled over the past 2 years. (good sample space, it means strengthen)

E. All survey respondents received one free issue of the magazine as a token of appreciation for filling out the survey. (irrelevant)

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