Questions about Table 1B

If you ran Table 1B as suggested, you should have a table with three columns and two rows. Your recoded party identification (the independent variable) should be on the top of the table (the column variable), and your recoded presidential vote (the dependent variable) should be on the side of the table (the row variable). Percentages should be calculated by column (i.e., they should sum to 100% for each column). In reading your table, take care to properly interpret the percentages, remembering that they are column percentages, not row percentages.

You should be able to answer these questions to see if you are able to understand the data and the tables. Your instructor may want you to write down your answers. Otherwise, it is sufficient to answer them in your mind. If you are unable to answer a question, you should ask your instructor for the answer and an explanation.

  1. Overall, what percentage of respondents in the table voted for Bush? What percentage voted for Kerry? How do these percentages compare with those from Table 1A? What explains the difference?

  2. Is Table 1B easier to interpret than Table 1A? Is the relationship clearer to you when you look at Table 1B as compared to Table 1A?

  3. What is lost when you look at Table 1B as compared to Table 1A? Are there reasons why you might prefer to have Table 1A rather than Table 1B?

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