Questions about Table 3A

If you ran Table 3A as suggested, you should have a table with five columns and two rows. Personal financial situation (the independent variable) should be on the top of the table (the column variable), and the two-party 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 table. 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. What percentage of the voters who felt that their personal financial situation was much better than it was a year ago cast a ballot for Bush? What percentage of the voters who felt that their personal financial situation was much worse than it was a year ago cast a ballot for Bush? Overall, how strong of a relationship is there between these two variables?

  2. Did most voters feel that their financial situation had improved over the past year? If voter assessments of their financial situation had been significantly more negative, would it have affected the outcome of the election?

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