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Sneaking Statistics

Here is an example of a graphic that can be misleading.

The graph is titled “If Bush Tax Cuts Expire” and sub-labeled “Top Tax Rate”. The graph shown is a bar graph. There are two bars, one labeled “Now” and one labeled “January first 2013”. At the top of the “Now” bar, there is a 35%. At the top of the “January first 2013” bar, there is a 39.4%. The vertical axis is numbered 34, 36, 38, 40, 42% The numbers and text on the graph are slightly blurred.

Do you notice how much is wrong with this graph?

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