statistics/descriptive or inferential statement

• Aug 28th 2007, 10:05 AM
chocolatelover
statistics/descriptive or inferential statement
Can someone tell me if this is correct, please?

The question is:
a. "73 percent of Ameericans favor a law that would require every gun sold in the United States to be test-fired first, so law enforcement would have its fingerprint in case it were ever used in a crime." Do you think that the statement in the press release is inferential or descriptive? Can you be sure?

I would say that it is descriptive because it just states what 73% of Americans favor. They have not come to a conclusion based on the sample, about the population.

b. actually, ABCNews.com conducted a telephone survey of a random national sample of 1032 adults and determined that 73% of them favored a law that would requiere ever gun sold in the USA to be test-fired first, so law enforcement would have its fingerprint in case it were ever used in a crime. How would you rephrase the statement in the press release to make clear that it is a descriptive statement? an inferential statement?

can someone give me a hint on this one?

Thank you very much
• Aug 28th 2007, 02:08 PM
TKHunny
I'm not seeing how a) is not descriptive. I find it entirely unambiguous.

Making it inferential might take only, "A new law would make 73% of Americans happier about the guns..."
• Aug 28th 2007, 04:56 PM
chocolatelover
Thank you very much

Regards