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Dan asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 2 months ago

Was this mistake in a "news" article intentional?

Here it is copy/paste. It's abcnews. I didn't edit. 

"The new poll finds that Americans are more likely to believe that Harris is qualified for the nation's highest office than not.

Four in 10 Americans, and 43% of registered voters, believe that the former California attorney general, who was first elected to the Senate in 2016, is qualified to assume the role of president if necessary."

Do you think the writer did not know 43 is less than 50. Or he knew but he thought readers wouldn't know? 


ok Wage Slave that would be correct then. The article I was able to read online did not continue to give the 33%. 

3 Answers

  • 2 months ago
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    "Four in 10 Americans, and 43% of registered voters" believe she is qualified compared to 32% of Americans and 33% of registered voters that don't think she would be qualified. That's what they meant when they said "Americans are more likely to believe that..". Notice it does not indicate a majority anywhere, it says "more likely to believe" - which is true, from their polling. If they had said "a majority of Americans believe" then you would have a point, but they didn't do that.

  • 2 months ago

    it is fake news..........

  • Guber
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Apparently, around 25% of those polled had no opinion, or were undecided.

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