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Fuzzy Math


OK, this is a nitpick, but still….

Today’s New York Times has a front page story under the headline “In Poll, Americans Say Both Parties Lack Clear Vision”. Leaving aside the fact that the poll data reveal this to be significantly less of a problem for the GOP than the Democrats, it is a little surprising to read the writer of the article claim that “barely a third of respondents said the Democrats had presented a “clear plan for the country”.

Why? Well, according to the chart attached the story, only 31 per cent of those polled believe that the Democrats have this famous “clear plan”.

Now 31 percent is a fine, dignified number, but it is not a “barely” a third: it is less than a third. It’s a long time since I studied math, but the last time I checked, a third was 33.333 (recurring) percent.


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