Decision 2008 – The Problems
November 10, 2008
The chart below shows a breakdown of electoral and popular votes received by each of the major-party candidates, according to www.cnn.com, as of Friday, November 07, 2008.
Based on the information in the chart, what is the positive difference between the percent of the electoral votes Obama received and the percent of the popular vote he received? Express your answer to the nearest whole number.
The results of an exit poll posted on cnn.com on Thursday, November 6, 2008 are shown below. In this poll, 16,000 random voters were asked to fill out a questionnaire.
- 61% made up their mind before September
- 13% made up their mind in September
- 17% made up their mind in October
- 7% made up their mind in the first four days of November
How many more people polled made up their mind in October than in September?
Based on the results of the exit poll mentioned in the previous question, on average, how many more votes were decided per day in the first four days of November than per day during the month of October? Express your answer to the nearest whole number.
Solutions to this week's problems will be posted on Monday, November 17th, 2008.