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Mathematics Problem Solving
Volume 6, Number 3, September 25, 2000
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A Presidential Election Poll

1. A political poll was taken to see how the two leading candidates for president were doing. George W. Bush got 47 percent, Al Gore got 45 percent, and the rest of the people who responded were undecided. What percent were undecided?

2. Seventy-five percent (3/4) of the undecided voters were leaning toward Bush. _____ percent of all polled voters were undecided but leaning toward Bush.

3. If 200 people were polled, how many said they would vote for Gore?

4. Which statement is most likely true based on the above information?

a. Bush is going to win the election.
b. Gore is going to win the election.
c. If the election were held on the same day as the poll, and only those who were polled voted, Bush would win.
d. If the election were held on the same day as the poll, and only those who were polled voted, Gore would win.
e. If the election were held on the same day as the poll, and only those who were polled voted, Bush would probably win.
f. If the election were held on the same day as the poll, and only those who were polled voted, Gore would probably win.

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