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Despite the threat of legal prosecution, many agencies gather personal data from phony telephone solicitations, often luring details from the respondent through the promise of non-existent prizes. Such solicitors sell this data to individuals and agencies that are willing to pay for information on people’s personal lives, buying habits, and political views. Politicians, however, have relied less on phony solicitors thanks to recent advances in public opinion polling, which generally supplies them with reliable information regarding voter attitudes on major issues. It is therefore likely that the phony solicitation industry will dwindle significantly in the years to come.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the conclusion above?

(A) Public opinion polling is not only effective at discerning the political attitudes of individuals, but also at revealing their buying habits and details of their personal lives.
(B) Most people are unwilling to share personal information on their preferences and attitudes with strangers over the telephone.
(C) Large retailers are by far the largest consumers of pirated personal information, and do not benefit from the information gathered in public opinion polls.
(D) Those politicians who rely on legal public opinion polls for information on voter attitudes are nonetheless hesitant to encourage the prosecution of the illegal data-gathering agencies.
(E) Due to the recent success of public opinion polling, the phony solicitors have begun to co-opt the public opinion agencies’ techniques for getting people to disclose information on their personal lives.
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urvashis09 wrote:
Despite the threat of legal prosecution, many agencies gather personal data from phony telephone solicitations, often luring details from the respondent through the promise of non-existent prizes. Such solicitors sell this data to individuals and agencies that are willing to pay for information on people’s personal lives, buying habits, and political views. Politicians, however, have relied less on phony solicitors thanks to recent advances in public opinion polling, which generally supplies them with reliable information regarding voter attitudes on major issues. It is therefore likely that the phony solicitation industry will dwindle significantly in the years to come.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the conclusion above?

(A) Public opinion polling is not only effective at discerning the political attitudes of individuals, but also at revealing their buying habits and details of their personal lives.
Strengthens the Conclusion. Incorrect
(B) Most people are unwilling to share personal information on their preferences and attitudes with strangers over the telephone.
Shell Game Answer Choice. Incorrect
(C) Large retailers are by far the largest consumers of pirated personal information, and do not benefit from the information gathered in public opinion polls.
Weakens the Conclusion.Correct.
(D) Those politicians who rely on legal public opinion polls for information on voter attitudes are nonetheless hesitant to encourage the prosecution of the illegal data-gathering agencies.
Out of Scope. Incorrect.
(E) Due to the recent success of public opinion polling, the phony solicitors have begun to co-opt the public opinion agencies’ techniques for getting people to disclose information on their personal lives.
Irrelevant. Inccorect.

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