View Poll Results: What do you consider to be an "overwhelming majority"?

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  • 55-45

    5 3.18%
  • 60-40

    34 21.66%
  • 65-35

    68 43.31%
  • 70-30

    20 12.74%
  • 75-25

    15 9.55%
  • 80-20

    8 5.10%
  • 85-15

    6 3.82%
  • 90-10

    1 0.64%
  • 95-5

    0 0%
  • 100-0

    0 0%
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Thread: What do you consider to be an "overwhelming majority"?

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    Re: What do you consider to be an "overwhelming majority"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Easy question. I thought we could reach a consensus on what it meant from a percentage point.

    55-45
    60-40
    65-35
    70-30
    75-25
    80-20
    85-15
    90-10
    95-5
    100-0

    Note because it's not entirely obvious: Anything after what you choose would also be considered an overwhelming majority. So for example, if you picked 75-25, then 80-20, 85-15, 90-10, 95-5, 100-0 would also be overwhelming majorities. Please choose carefully.
    2 to 1 sounds about right, though really it depends on what we are talking about to a bit. If the norm is about a 50/50 split, give or take 5 %, then 60/40 would be pretty significant. However, if the norm has a wide range, then it would take more.
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    Re: What do you consider to be an "overwhelming majority"?

    I guess I'm a rare breed - I chose 80-20. That's a 4 to 1 split. I'm not impressed by 2-1 or 3-1. That percentage split could narrow significantly in a relatively short amount of time. For me, an overwhelming majority is one that would be 80-20 or greater, because you're talking about getting close to unanimous agreement.

    Once you start getting into the 65-35, 60-40 range, you're really talking about issues that could go either way. Death penalty, is water boarding torture (what how is that not 99-1??), should we allow gays to marry, etc. Examples of topics that have an overwhelming majority:

    1) Do you support the troops?
    2) Is cancer bad?
    3) Is there a God?
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    Re: What do you consider to be an "overwhelming majority"?

    In American elections, the term "landslide" in terms of popular vote is normally when you win by at least 10 percentage points?
    Last edited by Dayton3; 01-14-15 at 12:08 PM.

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