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The minimum percentage of X doing Y that you would need to feel justified saying "Most X do Y" is:

Posted 8 years.


  • Kail - 8 years ago

    I selected "At least 50%" because it's closest, but I'm with Stephen in the "50% + 1" camp.

  • Brian - 8 years ago

    I'm not sure how I react when faced with a large plurality, that isn't a majority... I might say "most" in cases where option A has 40%, and the closest rival has 10% or something... I'm not sure...

  • Stephen - 8 years ago

    Technically, the correct answer is 50% + 1

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