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# President of the United States: I have received over 2,000

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President of the United States: I have received over
2,000 letters on this issue, and the vast majority of
them support my current position. These letters
prove that most of the people in the country agree
with me.

Which of the following, if true, most weakens the
President's conclusion?
(A) The issue is a very divisive one on which many
people have strong opinions.
(B) Some members of Congress disagree with the
President's position.
(C) People who disagree with the President feel
more strongly about the issue than do people
who agree with him.
(D) People who agree with the President are more
likely to write to him than are people who
disagree with him.
(E) During the presidential campaign, the President
stated a position on this issue that was some-
what different from his current position.

Please can some analyze this question
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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13 Dec 2010, 18:22
ajit257 wrote:
President of the United States: I have received over
2,000 letters on this issue, and the vast majority of
them support my current position. These letters
prove that most of the people in the country agree
with me.

Which of the following, if true, most weakens the
President's conclusion?
(A) The issue is a very divisive one on which many
people have strong opinions.
(B) Some members of Congress disagree with the
President's position.
(C) People who disagree with the President feel
more strongly about the issue than do people
who agree with him.
(D) People who agree with the President are more
likely to write to him than are people who
disagree with him.
(E) During the presidential campaign, the President
stated a position on this issue that was some-
what different from his current position.

Please can some analyze this question

Hi!

We see that we have a weakening question, so we need an answer that makes us doubt el presidente's conclusion. On to the stimulus!

The first thing that should jump out at us is the president's use of a sample of 2000 letters. As soon as you see a survey/sample/experiment/poll or study, immediately think about representativeness.

In this argument, the president uses those 2000 letters to draw a conclusion about the entire country. Accordingly, the president is assuming that those letters are representative of what everyone thinks.

To weaken a representativeness argument, we predict: the correct answer will make us believe that the sample is biased/unrepresentative.

With that prediction in mind, to the choices:

None of A, B, C or E are at all relevant to the. Only D gives us a reason to doubt that the sample is representative; if agreeable people are more likely to write letters than are disagreeable ones, then the letter writers are unlikely to be a random cross-section of Americans.

Choose D!
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13 Dec 2010, 20:02
Ans - D
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14 Dec 2010, 17:28
this one was a tough one took some time to understand. Thanks Stuart !
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15 Dec 2010, 16:57
+1 D
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15 Dec 2010, 18:56
I also got D
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03 Feb 2011, 04:14
30 second question:)
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03 Feb 2011, 10:20
Easiest CR question I have ever seen. D
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04 Feb 2011, 00:20
D without doubt
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05 Feb 2011, 07:27
sub 600.
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