QUESTION TEXT: People's political behavior frequently does not match…
QUESTION TYPE: Role in Argument
CONCLUSION: Voters often reelect politicians whose behavior they dislike.
REASONING: A lot of voters say they don’t like government intervention. But then they don’t reelect inactive politicians. But an active politician is one who supports a lot of intervention.
ANALYSIS: This is a good argument. If voters truly wanted to stop intervention then they should elect the laziest politicians they can find.
The claim that voters tend not to reelect inactive politicians is just a premise that supports the conclusion. It is an example of how people vote.
- We don’t actually know why voters don’t reelect inactive politicians.
- CORRECT. It’s just a simple premise supporting the conclusion.
- It is the next sentence that describes a politician’s activity. The phrase in the question stem is about inactivity.
- This describes the first sentence.
- The argument does not say that people’s beliefs never match their behavior. That’s pretty extreme.
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