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Statistics - Polls: What do the numbers tell us?How random is random?

One Year Before the Election

Today local businesswoman Stephanie Higgins announced that she is running for mayor. The announcement came as no surprise, as speculation about Higgins's candidacy has been the talk of reporters for several months. Higgins's opponent is two-term incumbent Webster Fletcher. A poll of a random sample of registered voters in the state indicates that, if the election were held today, Fletcher would win with 56% of the vote.

What Is a Random Sample?

"Statistics" is inspired by programs from Against All Odds: Inside Statistics.

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