A new poll is out that says that Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in America. Do you want to guess what percentage she received to garner the top spot? Obama was the most admired man.
Before I give you the numbers, I want to lay out for you how easy it is to fool people with statistics.
Let’s say you have 100 names to pick from as your most admired person, and you are on that list, and you get 2 votes and everyone else gets 1. Guess what? You are the most admired person in a list of 100 people even though your vote total is only one vote more than 99 other people.
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Your “most admired” prize comes down to two votes resulting in two percent of all the votes cast.
A story is told that during the days of the Cold War a two-car automobile race took place between the United States and the former Soviet Union. An American newspaper reporter described the result of the race this way: “American car beats out Soviet competitor.”
The Russian newspaper reported the same automotive contest from a slightly different perspective: “Soviet car finishes second; American car is next-to-last.”
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