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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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New post 03 Dec 2014, 11:25
hi,
confused between A & D.
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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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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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thanks carcass & Vinitkhicha1111
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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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