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The Wonderful World of Statistics

This is a table apparently making the rounds that is supposed to demonstrate that people who voted for Obama are smarter, not stupider than people who voted for Romney.
h/t Yard Sale of the Mind
There is something endearingly sad in the spectacle of people convinced of their own moral and intellectual superiority making such elementary errors of statistical inference. 

The Problem of Metrology

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harvey_rrit
Nov. 24th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
They may just be trying to cover for their gaffe twelve years ago, in which the Florida recounts were demanded on the assumption that "butterfly ballots" could only confuse people who had intended to vote Democrat, since there was no suggestion that even one Republican had accidentally voted for Gore.
m_francis
Nov. 24th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Not only that, but on the very same punch card ballots, the vote for Senator, which was not butterflied, was very nearly identical to the vote for President with respect to party breakdown. The difference was less than 1%. So the mystery is how the butterfly effect bamboozled voters for president to cast their votes in the exact same proportions as their votes for Senator on another page.
harvey_rrit
Nov. 24th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
Well, everyone knows how clever and sneaky those backward ignorant Republicans are.
raisinbottom
Nov. 25th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
Well 83% of statistics are made up.
juliet_winters
Nov. 25th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
I'd like to see stats on divorce... and how satisfied people are with their lives (not how much they have).

fpb
Nov. 25th, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
To synthetize your findings: the people who tried to prove that their voters are cleverer than their opponents' are either too ignorant or too stupid to mount a significant argument.
juliet_winters
Nov. 25th, 2012 11:34 am (UTC)
Well-said.
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