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# In the 2000 United States presidential election, polls

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In the 2000 United States presidential election, polls showed that the most important issue to registered voters was family values, followed by the economy and the environment, in that order. The economy and the environment are always more important to younger voters, while family values are always particularly important to senior citizens, who made up the largest segment of the American voters in 2000. The number of younger voters registered will surpass the number of senior voters in the next ten years.

Which of the following conclusions can be most properly drawn concerning issues important to registered voters in the United States based on the information above?

(A) Family values will be more important to voters in 2010 than either the economy or the environment.
(B) The economy will be the most important issue in the 2004 election.
(C) A majority of the population will rank one of these three issues as the most important issue in 2010.
(D) Fewer people will rank family values as the most issue in 2010 than did in 2000.
(E) Family values will be less important to registered voters in 2010 than they were in 2000.

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08 Oct 2005, 06:36
I go for E)

B) not inferrable, since the stem says: economy and environment are more important. but not that economy is more important than environment
C) Also not neccessarly true. It could be, that 1/3 are senior citizens and they want family values. the other 2/3s (majority of population) equally splitts 1/3 to economy and 1/3 to environment.
D) The percentage of people to support family values from the whole registered voting population will decrease. but the number of people should not change (assuming the seniors stay alive for 10 years)

E) since the majority are youngsters in 2010, and they all regard family values as less important, this answer is reasonable.

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08 Oct 2005, 06:43
C is the best choice. While we're not sure how mindsets will eovlve over the next 10 yrs, but we're sure that one of these three issues will be the most important.

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10 Oct 2005, 07:16
C for me

In A, if younger voters will surpass seniors, it is possible that family values might be less important
In B, 2004 is less than 10 years from 2000. Also, there were two factors that were most important to younger voters so we can't pick one as the most important
In D, it just says that the number of young voters will surpass the number of older voters, but not that older voters will be less than they are now
In E, family values might be just as important 10 years from now as they are now

C is the only one that remains

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10 Oct 2005, 08:29
go E go....

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10 Oct 2005, 08:48
C it is

E is obviously wrong, What is less important to registered voters is not quantified in the statement.
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10 Oct 2005, 10:36
I vote for D -

(D) Fewer people will rank family values as the most issue in 2010 than did in 2000.

This infrered because there will be more younger people than older people in 2010. Younger people consider Economy and Environment as Major issues ; hence does it not follow that Family Values will be ranked most important issue in 2010 ?

OA / OE ?

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10 Oct 2005, 11:35
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10 Oct 2005, 11:40
hkm_gmat wrote:
I vote for D -

(D) Fewer people will rank family values as the most issue in 2010 than did in 2000.

This infrered because there will be more younger people than older people in 2010. Younger people consider Economy and Environment as Major issues ; hence does it not follow that Family Values will be ranked most important issue in 2010 ?

OA / OE ?

The growth of population matters, there will be less percentage of people considering family values as major issue, but will they be few in number in 10 years than now is up for debate......That is why IMO D is wrong.
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11 Oct 2005, 08:38
Nero44> Outstanding inference and explanation

OA is E.

Explanation:
This question is an inference question. Therefore the task is to find an inevitable conclusion from information given. Find what must be true.

Read the Argument and Extract Necessary Information:
For inference questions:
Note how specific the topics are, watch out for percents versus numbers, look for the logical combination of two points.

Known:
・ to older voters family values and the economy are most important
・to younger voters the environment is most important
・there were more older voters than younger voters in 2000 this will not be the case in the next 10 years.

Formulate an answer to the question
This is not always possible but in this case there is a very clear connection between two points that can be made so an answer can be predicted.

In 10 years more younger voters + younger voters care most about the environment = in 10 years more voters will care about the environment.

This may not be the answer but it seems likely.
(A) Nothing supports any statements about family values seperately from the economy so this does not have to be true.

(B) No information is given abut 4 years after 2000 the only information we have is about in 2000 and in 10 years from 2000

(C) No information is given about how much of the population votes so while something might be inferred about the voting population nothing can be inferred about the entire population.

(D) No information is given about people, while something might be inferred about the voting people nothing can be inferred about all people.

(E) This is fairly close to the predicted answer.

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11 Oct 2005, 08:49
C can be left out because one can not know what is happenig in 2010. Terrorism, war in Irak or diseases could be more important than these issues in 2010. D is no sense. A is also no sense since trends change through the time and 10 years is a lot of time. B is out of scope and doesn't make any sense.

E is the only correct choice. If there are few senior citizens in 2010 than there were in 2000, family values will lose weight among registered voters.

Therefore the best answer is E.

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11 Oct 2005, 11:30
E as OA does not make sense atleast to me.

what does it mean when we say "family values will be less important to registerd voters? Important to registerd voter as invidual concept is aggreable but important to registered voters as a whole does not make any sense. What changes is number of people who give importance to family value and the importance given to it is out of scope....

people who are old will still give the same importance to family value and people who are young will still give less importance to family value, there is no change in that only now the number of young people are more...
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11 Oct 2005, 11:50
Yes, I agree with you. But, if you discard all the other possible answers, and you suposse that "important to registered voters" means "important issue", you must choose E.

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11 Oct 2005, 11:56
Going with C.

Based on the stimulus, we cannot determine if the priority for these issues will change or not. It could be possible, that as the younger voters get older, tehy may be more concerned with family values or not so concerned.

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In the 2000 United States presidential election, polls showed that the most important issue to registered voters was family values, followed by the economy and the environment, in that order. The economy and the environment are always more important to younger voters, while family values are always particularly important to senior citizens, who made up the largest segment of the American voters in 2000. The number of younger voters registered will surpass the number of senior voters in the next ten years.

Which of the following conclusions can be most properly drawn concerning issues important to registered voters in the United States based on the information above?

(A) Family values will be more important to voters in 2010 than either the economy or the environment.
(B) The economy will be the most important issue in the 2004 election.
(C) A majority of the population will rank one of these three issues as the most important issue in 2010.
(D) Fewer people will rank family values as the most issue in 2010 than did in 2000.
(E) Family values will be less important to registered voters in 2010 than they were in 2000.

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11 Oct 2005, 13:59
I am going with C.
E doesn't make any sense. even if the majority of the voter chooses economy or environment ( which might not be true), still C is correct. Because it says one of the 3 will be choosen by majority.
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12 Oct 2005, 00:59
ranga41 wrote:
E as OA does not make sense atleast to me.

what does it mean when we say "family values will be less important to registerd voters? Important to registerd voter as invidual concept is aggreable but important to registered voters as a whole does not make any sense. What changes is number of people who give importance to family value and the importance given to it is out of scope....

people who are old will still give the same importance to family value and people who are young will still give less importance to family value, there is no change in that only now the number of young people are more...

'less important' to registered voters means that for most of the registered voters, family values 'familiy values' is not the most important issue (based on which they decide who to vote for). The opening sentence of the stem is: "In the 2000 United States presidential election, polls showed that the most important issue to registered voters was family values". This also means the same thing...most of the registered voters decided (who to vote for) based on their belief in 'family values'. Since, in the next ten years, "number of younger voters registered will surpass the number of senior voters", option E follows as a corollary.

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