# In a Gallup telephone survey conducted on April 9-10,2013, the person being interviewed was asked if he would vote for a law in his state that would increase the gas tax up to 20 cents a gallon, with the new gas tax money going to improve roads and bridges and build more mass transportation in his state. Possible responses were vote for, vote against, and no opinion. Two hundred ninety five respondents said they would vote for the law, 672 said they would vote against the law, and 51 said they had no opinion (Gallup website, June 14. 2013). a. Do the responses for this question provide categorical or quantitative data? b. What was the sample size for this Gallup poll? c. What percentage of respondents would vote for a law increasing the gas tax? d. Do the results indicate general support for or against increasing the gas tax to improve roads and bridges and build more mass transportation?

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Publisher: CENGAGE L
ISBN: 9781305881884

13th Edition
Anderson
Publisher: CENGAGE L
ISBN: 9781305881884

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## In a Gallup telephone survey conducted on April 9-10,2013, the person being interviewed was asked if he would vote for a law in his state that would increase the gas tax up to 20 cents a gallon, with the new gas tax money going to improve roads and bridges and build more mass transportation in his state. Possible responses were vote for, vote against, and no opinion. Two hundred ninety five respondents said they would vote for the law, 672 said they would vote against the law, and 51 said they had no opinion (Gallup website, June 14. 2013). a. Do the responses for this question provide categorical or quantitative data? b. What was the sample size for this Gallup poll? c. What percentage of respondents would vote for a law increasing the gas tax? d. Do the results indicate general support for or against increasing the gas tax to improve roads and bridges and build more mass transportation?

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a.

To determine

Identify if the responses to the question provided are categorical data or quantitative data.

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A survey was conducted on the statement “if he would vote for a law in his state that would increase the gas tax up to 20 cents a gallon, with the new gas tax money going to improve roads and bridges and build more mass transportation in his state”. The possible responses are vote for, vote against, and no opinion. The number of the respondents who say vote for the law is 295, vote against law is 672, and no opinion is 51.

Categorical variable:

Labels or names that are used to recognize the attributes of each element are called categorical data...

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b.

To determine

Find the sample size.

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c.

To determine

Find the percentage of respondents who vote for the law increasing the gas tax.

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d.

To determine

Identify the results that indicate general support for or against the given situation.

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