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In a certain country, individuals tend to change their polit

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In a certain country, individuals tend to change their polit [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2019, 06:26
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In a certain country, individuals tend to change their political affiliation readily from one political party to another. In the past the Union party grew larger because of this tendency, but although most of those who change to a new party affiliation change to the Union party, the Union party has remained about the same size in recent years.

Which of the following, if true, best helps to explain the change in the growth pattern of the Union party mentioned above?

(A) The economy has been prospering recently, and many of those who change party affiliation are upwardly mobile and prosperous.
(B) In recent y~rs those who were previously nonaffiliated have tended to join the Union party if they joined any party at all. '
(C) The percentage of voting-age citizens who change political party affiliation each year has remained constant, and the number of voting-age citizens has remained the same.
(D) The percentage of voting-age citizens who are affiliated with any political party has increased over the last ten years.
(E) Many members of the Union party have abandoned all political party affiliation in recent years.
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Re: In a certain country, individuals tend to change their polit [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2019, 20:37
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The paradox is that we expect the Union party to be growing, when it is actually holding steady. What could explain this fact?

(A) The economic status of the country is irrelevant. If anything, more prosperity would mean more prosperous citizens, which would mean more people changing their affiliation which would mean a growing Union party.

(B) This might cause an increase in Union party membership. It certainly doesn't explain why the party has stopped growing.

(C) If everything remains the same, Union part membership would be expected to keep growing like it did in the past. We need a change to account for the changing growth pattern.

(D) This doesn't tell us anything about the Union party. More voters with political parties would suggest more people in the Union party. It doesn't explain the drop in party membership.

(E) This represents a straight decrease in Union party membership, which is exactly what we were looking for. The party had grown in the past, but now it's growth has halted because people are dropping out entirely.
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