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# The editors of Business Today magazine conducted a poll of its readers

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The editors of Business Today magazine conducted a poll of its readers regarding the proposed increase in the rate of income tax paid on profits from the sale of stocks. More than 60% of the readers opposed the proposed tax. The editors announced that the majority of Americans opposed any increase in the tax on profits from stock sales.
Which one of the following statements, if true, would most weaken the editor's conclusion?

A) Some readers of Business Today magazine are citizens of countries other than the United States.
B) Decisions concerning the income tax laws are made by the Congress rather than directly by the people.
C) Most of those who earn profits from stock sales are wealthy and can afford to pay higher taxes.
D) The viewpoints of the vast majority of the readers of Business Today magazine differ from the views of most Americans.
E) Not all readers of Business Today magazine responded to the editors' poll.
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03 Dec 2014, 12:25
hi,
confused between A & D.
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03 Dec 2014, 14:07
A classin gmat question in which whenever you have a survey you must evaluate if this is rappresentative of the population surveyed or the whole population.

i.e. if the sample is reliable

D says just this. A is wrong because if the population surveyed come from US or not is irrelevant. Which is important is the survey per se.

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04 Dec 2014, 02:26
In option A, I think the word "some" is the real distinguisher. If it would have said that majority of readers belong to other countries, then it would lend credibility to the fact that the majority of americans and majority of readers are not a major subset of each other and therefore, the survey is not representative. Option D just says this thing as mentioned above that the majority of readers and the majority of americans aren't a major subset of each other. Hope it helps
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04 Dec 2014, 06:56
thanks carcass & Vinitkhicha1111
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06 Mar 2015, 21:38
Well this a pretty decent and easy question.
A) Some readers of Business Today magazine are citizens of countries other than the United States. Some people is the problem here but

B) Decisions concerning the income tax laws are made by the Congress rather than directly by the people. Irrelevant to the argument.

C) Most of those who earn profits from stock sales are wealthy and can afford to pay higher taxes.Same as B Irrelevant.

D) The viewpoints of the vast majority of the readers of Business Today magazine differ from the views of most Americans.
Bingo..! Americans views are different from those of the readers therefore the conclusion of the argument is wrong, hence weakned.

E) Not all readers of Business Today magazine responded to the editors' poll. Again irrelevant
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23 Dec 2018, 15:39
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The editors of Business Today magazine conducted a poll of its readers regarding the proposed increase in the rate of income tax paid on profits from the sale of stocks. More than 60% of the readers opposed the proposed tax. The editors announced that the majority of Americans opposed any increase in the tax on profits from stock sales.
Which one of the following statements, if true, would most weaken the editor's conclusion?

A) Some readers of Business Today magazine are citizens of countries other than the United States.
B) Decisions concerning the income tax laws are made by the Congress rather than directly by the people.
C) Most of those who earn profits from stock sales are wealthy and can afford to pay higher taxes.
D) The viewpoints of the vast majority of the readers of Business Today magazine differ from the views of most Americans.
E) Not all readers of Business Today magazine responded to the editors' poll.

A. Definetely weakens.
B, C, E. Irrelevant
D. Weakens.

Between A and D. In A - some, in D - most and vast - it is stonger.

So D
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27 Dec 2018, 00:56
I am confused with option E, Can anyone tell me why is it wrong? As I thought that as the not everyone responded to the survey, it might weaken the results of the survey.

Thanks!
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27 Dec 2018, 03:02
amalganatra wrote:
I am confused with option E, Can anyone tell me why is it wrong? As I thought that as the not everyone responded to the survey, it might weaken the results of the survey.

Thanks!

It is already stated in the passage that only 60% opposed the survey, therefore remaining 40% could be those who either supported or who did not vote.

Option E: states the same thing as stated in passage implicitly, in other words it is an inference from passage drawn.

Moreover: in order to weaken you need to show that the poll data is not the actuall representation of the opinion of people of america.
Option D: it means that if people who subscribe to magazine and hence the vote constitute of very small portion of america population, than how can we say that people of america oppose the regulation.

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