a not un-bad way of phrasing it

  • Bush won 47% of the popular vote.
  • There was a 51% voter turnout.
  • That means 76% of eligible voters did not support Bush.
  • And a mere 72% of eligible voters did not support Gore.
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7 Responses:

  1. betternewthings says:

    statement four is wrong.

    it assumes that of the voting population, those who did not support bush supported gore. there was a strong third party (nader), invalidating that assumption.

    • q says:

      1 - (1 - 0.47)(0.51) = 0.7297

      Had that assumption been made, it would be 73%.

    • bikerwalla says:

      Actually, statements three and four are wrong; most of the people who didn't vote actually believed the newspaper's predictions, and believed their vote couldn't change the massive tide of public opinion.

      Sucks to be us.

      • betternewthings says:

        true enough - if we change "disapproved of" to "expressed disapproval of", however, three becomes true again.

    • jwz says:

      99% didn't vote for him.

  2. klarfax says:

    so...?