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When governments subsidize certain industries, the business owners and employees of those industries benefit but the majority of consumers pay more for those products and find that there are fewer of their tax dollars available for policies they prefer. Unsurprisingly, polling indicates that most people see industry-specific subsidies as unfavorable. Consequently, political candidates would increase their likelihood of being elected if they oppose such subsidies.

The argument above assumes which of the following?


A. Most voters are well-informed about their elected representatives’ positions on subsidies.

B. Those who support subsidies are not significantly more likely to vote than are those who oppose subsidies.

C. Voters are only motivated by the way that policies directly impact themselves personally.

D. Political candidates should only support policies that increase their likelihood of being elected.

E. Subsidies specific to a particular industry do not stimulate the economy enough to benefit employees in other industries.

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When governments subsidize certain industries, the business owners and employees of those industries benefit but the majority of consumers pay more for those products and find that there are fewer of their tax dollars available for policies they prefer. Unsurprisingly, polling indicates that most people see industry-specific subsidies as unfavorable. Consequently, political candidates would increase their likelihood of being elected if they oppose such subsidies.

The argument above assumes which of the following?


A. Most voters are well-informed about their elected representatives’ positions on subsidies.

B. Those who support subsidies are not significantly more likely to vote than are those who oppose subsidies.

C. Voters are only motivated by the way that policies directly impact themselves personally.

D. Political candidates should only support policies that increase their likelihood of being elected.

E. Subsidies specific to a particular industry do not stimulate the economy enough to benefit employees in other industries.


Ans: C (IMO)

I am confused between C & D and going with C. I think C is more up to the mark here.
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CORRECT ANSWER B.


Here the conclusion is that:-

the likelihood of getting elected is higher if the politician opposes Industry specific subsidies.


A. Most voters are well-informed about their elected representatives’ positions on subsidies...Wrong.. Well informed? Very well. Does it guarantee that they are going to take the trouble of walking under the sun and voting for their favourite cadidate? NO.

B. Those who support subsidies are not significantly more likely to vote than are those who oppose subsidies. ..CORRECT... This is the correct assumption because if we negate this then we see that PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT SUBSIDIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO VOTE THAN ARE THOSE WHO OPPOSE SUBSIDIES. It definitely hurts the conclusion.

C. Voters are only motivated by the way that policies directly impact themselves personally....Wrong. We're are not concerned whether voters are impacted directly or indirectly by the policies. Also, voters' motivation does not talk about the politician's likelihood of getting elected

D. Political candidates should only support policies that increase their likelihood of being elected.-------Wrong. It does not talk about the people who are going to elect them.

E. Subsidies specific to a particular industry do not stimulate the economy enough to benefit employees in other industries. ----Out of scope. We're not concerned about what happens to employees of other industries.
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I think the answer should be B
A: Even if the voters are well informed or not, it doesn't culminate to actual votes. There may be other factors affecting the judgment of the voters.
B: If those who support subsidies are more likely to vote than are those who oppose subsidies, then the politician opposing the subsidies will lose. Hence the negation of argument weakens the conclusion. Therefore, it may be the solution.
C: Directly or indirectly is not the crust of the argument. Hence it can be eliminated. Again this option is bit extreme.
D: Very close. IF B is incorrect then D is definitely the answer. The problem is that the tone is extreme because it speaks about only one strategy and ignores the others that may exist
E: clearly out of scope.
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Bunuel wrote:
When governments subsidize certain industries, the business owners and employees of those industries benefit but the majority of consumers pay more for those products and find that there are fewer of their tax dollars available for policies they prefer. Unsurprisingly, polling indicates that most people see industry-specific subsidies as unfavorable. Consequently, political candidates would increase their likelihood of being elected if they oppose such subsidies.

The argument above assumes which of the following?


A. Most voters are well-informed about their elected representatives’ positions on subsidies.

B. Those who support subsidies are not significantly more likely to vote than are those who oppose subsidies.

C. Voters are only motivated by the way that policies directly impact themselves personally.

D. Political candidates should only support policies that increase their likelihood of being elected.

E. Subsidies specific to a particular industry do not stimulate the economy enough to benefit employees in other industries.


Imo C

B IF we negate B then it is clear that folks who support subsidies are more likely to vote than those who do not support subsidies . Here is the catch we do not the absolute numbers so we can not say which group will have more number of votes so we can not decide .

C on the other hand is more direct . Folks oppose subsidies because of the reduced tax dollars they do not get good policies .If we negate C the argument falls apart as folks are now impartial to the subsidies.
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Bunuel wrote:
When governments subsidize certain industries, the business owners and employees of those industries benefit but the majority of consumers pay more for those products and find that there are fewer of their tax dollars available for policies they prefer. Unsurprisingly, polling indicates that most people see industry-specific subsidies as unfavorable. Consequently, political candidates would increase their likelihood of being elected if they oppose such subsidies.

The argument above assumes which of the following?


A. Most voters are well-informed about their elected representatives’ positions on subsidies.

B. Those who support subsidies are not significantly more likely to vote than are those who oppose subsidies.

C. Voters are only motivated by the way that policies directly impact themselves personally.

D. Political candidates should only support policies that increase their likelihood of being elected.

E. Subsidies specific to a particular industry do not stimulate the economy enough to benefit employees in other industries.


Imo C

B IF we negate B then it is clear that folks who support subsidies are more likely to vote than those who do not support subsidies . Here is the catch we do not the absolute numbers so we can not say which group will have more number of votes so we can not decide .

C on the other hand is more direct . Folks oppose subsidies because of the reduced tax dollars they do not get good policies .If we negate C the argument falls apart as folks are now impartial to the subsidies.



Hey Bunuel,

But isn't C out of scope? What relation does motivation has with voting for candidates? For instance:- X is motivated but does it guarantee that X is going to cast his vote?
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I think only A and C are contenders. Here, A says that ELECTED representative's stand, but the stimulus is talking about the politicians who are contending the elections i.e. not yet elected.

SO, Answer boils down only to C.

Can you please post the OA.
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Imo b is correct.
Although c also has no issue to be answer but it is more general than specific to subject imo.

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Correct Answer- B

B) Those who support subsidies are not significantly more likely to vote than are those who oppose subsidies.
If we negate this option, the argument falls apart.

Let's do the negation test:

Conclusion: " political candidates would increase their likelihood of being elected if they oppose such subsidies" - If Political candidates oppose subsidies, then they will increase their likelihood of being elected.

Negated option B- Those who support subsidies are significantly more likely to vote than are those who oppose subsidies.
If people who support subsidies are more likely to vote than are those who oppose subsidies, then the Political candidate who is opposing the subsidies can't be elected.

Therefore, Option B is the correct answer.

C) Voters are only motivated by the way that policies directly impact themselves personally.
Option C is talking about voter's motivation.Motivation doesn't guarantee a vote from voters.
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Great options! Very subtle and tricky as hell.


What if people who oppose such subsidies are not eligible to vote and those who favor the subsidies are the only eligible voters?
So even if the candidate opposes the subsidies, he will not get any vote. He will not win in that case.
B eliminates such cases and hence, is required to be assumed.


--B--

For the C- contenders, consider the negated version:

Voters are not solely motivated by the way that policies directly impact themselves personally.
Fine, the voters are also motivated by economic impacts. What if voters are 2% motivated by economic impacts and 98% motivated by personal impacts? The conclusion still holds , when we are expecting it to fall apart on negation of this option.
C is weakened by the word 'ONLY' here.

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Argument: Political candidates would increase their likelihood of being elected if they oppose such subsidies

A. Most voters are well-informed about their elected representatives’ positions on subsidies. - Negate: Most voters are not well informed about their elected representatives’ positions on subsidies. But even if 40% of the voters are well informed, it will increase the candidates likelihood of winning. The conclusion is about the chances of winning. So, this option doesn't destroy the conclusion when negated.

B. Those who support subsidies are not significantly more likely to vote than are those who oppose subsidies. - Correct. Negate B: Those who support subsidies are significantly more likely to vote than are those who oppose subsidies. This will not increase the candidates likelihood of winning as voters who oppose subsidies are less likely to vote.

C. Voters are only motivated by the way that policies directly impact themselves personally. - Even if they are motivated by policies that impact other aspects, this policy may have an indirect impact on those aspects too.

D. Political candidates should only support policies that increase their likelihood of being elected. - Out of focus. Doesn't talk about the voters impact on the candidates' chances of winning.

E. Subsidies specific to a particular industry do not stimulate the economy enough to benefit employees in other industries. - Irrelevant.

Answer: B
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Bunuel wrote:
When governments subsidize certain industries, the business owners and employees of those industries benefit but the majority of consumers pay more for those products and find that there are fewer of their tax dollars available for policies they prefer. Unsurprisingly, polling indicates that most people see industry-specific subsidies as unfavorable. Consequently, political candidates would increase their likelihood of being elected if they oppose such subsidies.

The argument above assumes which of the following?


A. Most voters are well-informed about their elected representatives’ positions on subsidies.

B. Those who support subsidies are not significantly more likely to vote than are those who oppose subsidies.

C. Voters are only motivated by the way that policies directly impact themselves personally.

D. Political candidates should only support policies that increase their likelihood of being elected.

E. Subsidies specific to a particular industry do not stimulate the economy enough to benefit employees in other industries.


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As you assess the argument here looking for gaps in logic, you should see that the main premise in the argument is "in polling, most people find subsidies unfavorable" and the conclusion is that "politicians would therefore be more likely to win if they oppose subsidies." This leaves a pretty large gap: does seeing this one issue as unfavorable mean that most people would actually go and vote for a candidate who opposes that issue?

Anticipate some possible weaknesses in that logic:

-maybe it's an issue most people don't care about very much so it's not a good indicator of how they'll vote

-maybe the people who support subsidies passionately support them and will be sure to vote while those opposed are more apathetic and probably won't vote

However you look at it, recognize that the gap exists between how this particular issue polls and how that will impact votes.

For this reason, choice (B) is correct. If you hold it up to the Assumption Negation Technique, you get: those who support the subsidies are significantly more likely to vote." If this were true, that would cripple the given argument - the only evidence the argument has is that "most people find subsidies unfavorable" but if polling is not a good indication of who will go and vote, that premise loses its predictive power. As anticipated above, (B) suggests a direct impediment between "polling" and "voting."

Among the incorrect answer choices, (C) and (E) are wrong for essentially the same reason: they each suggest reasons that people might actually prefer the subsidies (in (C) it's "what if they themselves don't benefit but they like what the subsidies do for their neighbors" and in (E) it's "maybe the subsidies actually do benefit most people, after all, if you let them play out"). But in each case the rebuttal is "but the polls already say that they're against subsidies." We have hard evidence in the stimulus that those considerations don't matter: people are against them.

(A) can be rebutted the same way. Even if people aren't well-informed about the issues, they've indicated that they're against the issue (and in real life, who hasn't met someone who's poorly-informed but heavily convicted about an issue?).

Choice (D) is there as a trap for those who tend to hijack the conclusion. Remember: the conclusion only talks about the probability (politicians would be more likely to win) and not what politicians ought to do. Choice (D) deals with what politicians should or shouldn't do, but that doesn't impact the specific conclusion at all, so (D) is incorrect.
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Hi experts please help me to fill the gap in my understanding

IM0 A is correct answers

As OA B states that ppl who support subsidy are not more likely to vote than who oppose

let's negate this: let say supporting grp is 60% more likely to vote than opposing grp and their proportion in population is only 10% ( as mentioned in the stem that ' polling indicates most ppl oppose subsidies') and opposing is 40% likely to vote

now, even though 90% supporting grp would casted their vote still it supports the conclusion

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