• The Princeton Review
    FREE GMAT Exam
    Know how you'd score today for $0

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    The Princeton Review
  • Economist Test Prep
    Free Trial & Practice Exam
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Economist Test Prep
  • Magoosh
    Magoosh
    Study with Magoosh GMAT prep

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Magoosh
  • e-gmat Exclusive Offer
    Get 300+ Practice Questions
    25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    e-gmat Exclusive Offer
  • Veritas Prep
    Free Veritas GMAT Class
    Experience Lesson 1 Live Free

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Veritas Prep
  • Kaplan Test Prep
    Free Practice Test & Review
    How would you score if you took the GMAT

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Kaplan Test Prep
  • Varsity Tutors
    Award-winning private GMAT tutoring
    Register now and save up to $200

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Varsity Tutors
  • PrepScholar GMAT
    5 Day FREE Trial
    Study Smarter, Not Harder

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    PrepScholar GMAT
  • EMPOWERgmat Slider
    1 Hour Free
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    EMPOWERgmat Slider
  • Target Test Prep
    5-Day Free Trial
    5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Target Test Prep

Weaken

This topic has 1 expert reply and 0 member replies

Weaken

Post Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:41 am
Political Analyst: Because our city is a border city, illegal immigration is an important issue in the current race for mayor. Of the two candidates for mayor, one supports a plan that would attempt to deport the city’s 9,000 illegal immigrants and the other does not. Surveys consistently show that about 60% of the city’s residents are opposed to the plan, while about 35% are in support of the plan. Therefore, the candidate who does not support the plan will win the election for mayor.
All of the following statements weaken the analyst’s argument, EXCEPT:

(A) In the city at issue, most voters make their voting decisions based on the candidates’ positions on abortion.
(B) Of the 35% of residents who support the plan, some are willing to consider alternate plans for addressing illegal immigration.
(C) Many of the residents who oppose the plan are not registered voters.
(D) The candidate who supports the plan is the incumbent mayor, and has been elected to four consecutive terms despite taking controversial positions on many important issues.
(E) Just under 30% of the city’s residents are illegal immigrants who cannot vote.
OA is b

Can any expert explain what the correct option is? Thanks

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag

GMAT/MBA Expert

Post Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:03 am
The conclusion: The candidate who does not support the plan will win the election for mayor.

The evidence: 60% of the city’s residents are opposed to the plan, while about 35% are in support of the plan.

The assumption: The survey accurately reflects how the election will turn out. There are many ways that this can be attacked.

Choice A: If voters don't care as much about the immigration issue, then the survey does not necessarily reflect how they'll vote. This weakens the conclusion.
Choice B: This is the correct choice. Some of the people who support the plan are open to other plans. And so? This has no effect on the conclusion. Since this is an EXCEPT question, it's correct.
Choice C: If they opposers don't vote, the survey results do not reflect how the election will turn out. This weakens the conclusion.
Choice D: This implies that the mayor, despite being a supporter of the plan, is likely to win. This weakens the conclusion.
Choice E: The survey was of residents. If a substantial percentage of them are illegal immigrants, who are likely to oppose the plan, the survey does not reflect how the vote will turn out. This weakens the conclusion.

I'm available if you'd like any follow up.

_________________
GMAT Prep From The Economist
We offer 70+ point score improvement money back guarantee.
Our average student improves 98 points.

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Free 7-Day Test Prep with Economist GMAT Tutor - Receive free access to the top-rated GMAT prep course including a 1-on-1 strategy session, 2 full-length tests, and 5 ask-a-tutor messages. Get started now.

Top First Responders*

1 GMATGuruNY 70 first replies
2 Rich.C@EMPOWERgma... 42 first replies
3 Brent@GMATPrepNow 40 first replies
4 Jay@ManhattanReview 24 first replies
5 Terry@ThePrinceto... 10 first replies
* Only counts replies to topics started in last 30 days
See More Top Beat The GMAT Members

Most Active Experts

1 image description GMATGuruNY

The Princeton Review Teacher

133 posts
2 image description Scott@TargetTestPrep

Target Test Prep

113 posts
3 image description Rich.C@EMPOWERgma...

EMPOWERgmat

111 posts
4 image description Jeff@TargetTestPrep

Target Test Prep

111 posts
5 image description Brent@GMATPrepNow

GMAT Prep Now Teacher

90 posts
See More Top Beat The GMAT Experts