Sunday, December 21, 2003

Bad statistics 

Eleanor Clift repeats the following dubious statistic:

The loss of 3 million jobs is a potent political issue. Bush will be the first president since Herbert Hoover to register a NEGATIVE job growth.
This is true only if Bush is not re-elected. Since Hoover, every president has had positive job growth from the beginning to the end of his tenure. However, some of them had negative growth in their first term as president, but was re-elected anyway. So if Bush is re-elected and experiences positive job growth such that at the end of 2008 the numbers are higher than 2000, the statistic about his having negative growth will be false.

(Via the Corner)
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