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# In a poll conducted by interviewing eligible voters in their homes

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All the options seems elusive or irrelevant to me.

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Originally posted by vjsharma25 on 08 Apr 2011, 05:36.
Last edited by gmat1393 on 30 Nov 2019, 02:41, edited 2 times in total.
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08 Apr 2011, 06:30
vjsharma25 wrote:
All the options seems elusive or irrelevant to me.

D is the only answer that satisfies I guess the right answer is E
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08 Apr 2011, 07:52
D is a clear winner. Rest all are irrelevant.
D states that the age of voters was reduced. Well this could mean that during the pre election poll, the people who voted for K were in higher percentage but after the age relaxation, and hence the poll, the new set of voters supported M and so the balance shifted in favor of M.
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08 Apr 2011, 08:58
mundasingh123 wrote:
vjsharma25 wrote:
All the options seems elusive or irrelevant to me.

D is the only answer that satisfies I guess the right answer is E

Hey mundasingh123,you said D is only answer but the right answer is E?Any typo you wants to amend?
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08 Apr 2011, 09:12
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D is a clear winner. Rest all are irrelevant.
D states that the age of voters was reduced. Well this could mean that during the pre election poll, the people who voted for K were in higher percentage but after the age relaxation, and hence the poll, the new set of voters supported M and so the balance shifted in favor of M.

I opted D for the same reason you have sited but this is not the correct answer.Would you like to give it another thought before I post the OA?
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08 Apr 2011, 20:32
vjsharma25 wrote:
mundasingh123 wrote:
vjsharma25 wrote:
All the options seems elusive or irrelevant to me.

D is the only answer that satisfies I guess the right answer is E

Hey mundasingh123,you said D is only answer but the right answer is E?Any typo you wants to amend?

Lawschooladmissions site says answer is E. I am clueless . LR seems to be a test of LateraL Thinking
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11 Apr 2011, 11:39
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Thanks for the invite to participate!

With these paradox/discrepancy questions, the most important thing to do is to identify the paradox before you move to the answer choices. Often times you can then start to anticipate what kind of answer you'll need. Here, the discrepancy is:

1) The polls strongly favored Kenner...just hours before the election
2) But Muratori won

How could those two things be true together? Here, I'd start to anticipate some things that could have made that difference. Maybe Kenner had to withdraw from the election the night before? Or some kind of stunning news came out that ruined Kenner's candidacy? Or maybe those voters who preferred Kenner just didn't actually go out and vote, whereas those that preferred Muratori made sure to go vote.

Choice E hits on that last point - it shows why, even though most people preferred Kenner, those people didn't care enough about the election to take the time to go vote their preference, while those who preferred Muratori came out in greater force. Choice E explains the discrepancy - "prefers" doesn't necessarily mean "voted for".

If you look at D, D doesn't directly tie into the candidates (we don't know that younger voters would have preferred Muratori, so we can't say that lowering the voting age would have played a role), but more importantly the time-stamp on it proves that it's irrelevant. The polls were taken YESTERDAY so they should have been inclusive of the voting population at that time. D deals with six months ago, so it shouldn't have any bearing on the discrepancy that took place from yesterday to today.
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28 Apr 2015, 04:38
vjsharma25 wrote:
All the options seems elusive or irrelevant to me.

Im confused.Nowhere,it is written that "last" election was termed as important.
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29 Apr 2015, 03:46
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vjsharma25 wrote:
All the options seems elusive or irrelevant to me.

Im confused.Nowhere,it is written that "last" election was termed as important.

Option (E) mentions that the supporters of Muratori considered the recent election to be important than the supporters of Kenner.
This indicates the likelihood that people who supported Kenner in the poll may not actually have voted for him in the election.

Hence (E) explains the discrepancy why Muratori won the election even though he was significantly behind Renner in the poll results.
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30 Apr 2015, 11:26
I think it is because people who voted for Kenner in the poll did not actually vote in the elections since they didn't consider the elections to be important. D is out because the age was reduced six months back while the poll was conducted just before the elections.
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11 Oct 2015, 07:34
vjsharma25 wrote:
All the options seems elusive or irrelevant to me.

My take is Option E. Doesn't look like a 700 level question.
Example:
Question Stem: Kenner was significantly ahead of Muratori in the election survey. However, Muratori won the election.
Option A: Okay. Both had different positions, but ideally that should have reflected in the poll survey. No way to quantify this fact.
Option B: Kenner had elected office for many years before the election, but the election survey result states otherwise. Kerner is leading
Option C: Kenner was involved in many political scandals, then why the election survey still favors Kenner and not Muratori
Option D: Six months ago the voting age was lowered. hmm. But that will increase the number of voters. No bearing on the discrepancy mentioned in the question
Option E: Supporters of Muratori describe the election as important than others..Bingooo!! More likely that supporters of Kenner didn't cast their vote in the election (though they provided their inputs in the pre election survey). Hence, this explains the discrepancy

Hit kudos if you like the explanation!

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01 Nov 2015, 10:08
Hi,

Even though the proportion of eligible voters was higher in case of "K", the number of voters who turned out to cast the vote for "M" was higher.
So clearly, M wins over K.

Option E.

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02 Nov 2015, 06:30
The second candidates supporters just come to vote

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23 Jul 2016, 11:51
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Thanks for the invite to participate!

With these paradox/discrepancy questions, the most important thing to do is to identify the paradox before you move to the answer choices. Often times you can then start to anticipate what kind of answer you'll need. Here, the discrepancy is:

1) The polls strongly favored Kenner...just hours before the election
2) But Muratori won

How could those two things be true together? Here, I'd start to anticipate some things that could have made that difference. Maybe Kenner had to withdraw from the election the night before? Or some kind of stunning news came out that ruined Kenner's candidacy? Or maybe those voters who preferred Kenner just didn't actually go out and vote, whereas those that preferred Muratori made sure to go vote.

Choice E hits on that last point - it shows why, even though most people preferred Kenner, those people didn't care enough about the election to take the time to go vote their preference, while those who preferred Muratori came out in greater force. Choice E explains the discrepancy - "prefers" doesn't necessarily mean "voted for".

If you look at D, D doesn't directly tie into the candidates (we don't know that younger voters would have preferred Muratori, so we can't say that lowering the voting age would have played a role), but more importantly the time-stamp on it proves that it's irrelevant. The polls were taken YESTERDAY so they should have been inclusive of the voting population at that time. D deals with six months ago, so it shouldn't have any bearing on the discrepancy that took place from yesterday to today.

Nowhere in the stem it says that the polls happened hours before the election..it said just before..Is it safe to assume hours because it can be just 6 months ago, just 9 months ago, just an hour ago...I have a serious doubt?
Secondly in both D & E respectively: we have to assume at our end that young people who are allowed to vote now, did not vote for Kenner and people who are more likely to feel election is important only they have voted. Though I seriously doubt if this is a GMAT standard question because to reach to the correct answer we have to assume data which is not provided in the question stem.

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24 Jul 2016, 00:49
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VeritasPrepBrian wrote:
Thanks for the invite to participate!

With these paradox/discrepancy questions, the most important thing to do is to identify the paradox before you move to the answer choices. Often times you can then start to anticipate what kind of answer you'll need. Here, the discrepancy is:

1) The polls strongly favored Kenner...just hours before the election
2) But Muratori won

How could those two things be true together? Here, I'd start to anticipate some things that could have made that difference. Maybe Kenner had to withdraw from the election the night before? Or some kind of stunning news came out that ruined Kenner's candidacy? Or maybe those voters who preferred Kenner just didn't actually go out and vote, whereas those that preferred Muratori made sure to go vote.

Choice E hits on that last point - it shows why, even though most people preferred Kenner, those people didn't care enough about the election to take the time to go vote their preference, while those who preferred Muratori came out in greater force. Choice E explains the discrepancy - "prefers" doesn't necessarily mean "voted for".

If you look at D, D doesn't directly tie into the candidates (we don't know that younger voters would have preferred Muratori, so we can't say that lowering the voting age would have played a role), but more importantly the time-stamp on it proves that it's irrelevant. The polls were taken YESTERDAY so they should have been inclusive of the voting population at that time. D deals with six months ago, so it shouldn't have any bearing on the discrepancy that took place from yesterday to today.

Nowhere in the stem it says that the polls happened hours before the election..it said just before..Is it safe to assume hours because it can be just 6 months ago, just 9 months ago, just an hour ago...I have a serious doubt?
Secondly in both D & E respectively: we have to assume at our end that young people who are allowed to vote now, did not vote for Kenner and people who are more likely to feel election is important only they have voted. Though I seriously doubt if this is a GMAT standard question because to reach to the correct answer we have to assume data which is not provided in the question stem.

Thanks!

Nowhere in the stem it says that the polls happened hours before the election..it said just before..Is it safe to assume hours because it can be just 6 months ago, just 9 months ago, just an hour ago...I have a serious doubt?--> Just before could never mean 6 months or 9 months time period.

In Option D, We don't know anything about the young people preference.

In option E, If supporters of Muratori consider elections more important, then there is a possibility that more number of Muratori supporters are going to vote than does the Kenner supporters. Hence, E is the Best answer out of all choices given. Remember, we always need to determine the BEST if not 100% true answer choice.

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Can you change the title of the question? It still reads "All the options seems elusive or irrelevant to me."

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