Adam Tyson wrote:Got it, jw! That test from the first SuperPrep book was from February 2000. Okay, let's take a look!
I think the issue here that may be causing you some trouble is that you are making an intuitive leap, connecting "informed" to "influenced", that may be unwarranted. Our author makes no connection between those two concepts, and in fact doesn't even mention "informed". By connecting those ideas in your own mind, you are falling into the trap set by the authors with answer E.
Since our author appears to be solely concerned with the influence such polls may have, focus on that. Answer A tells us that those late polls do not influence voters, and since that was our author's only concern leading to his proposal to ban the polls, this one does the most to weaken the argument. It's not necessarily that E is wrong, but that A is so much better because it doesn't realy on that (possibly incorrect) leap between being informed and being influenced.
Try to avoid making those sorts of connections on your own if the author hasn't laid clear groundwork for doing so. Remember the words of our brave and noble leader:
"It's a trap!"
- Admiral Ackbar
Haha yes it was a trap! I was thinking this was likely a case of one weaken answer being stronger than another, but I've noticed that doesn't happen very often. And, based on the "if true" nature of strengthen / weaken questions, you can never be too careful; some of the hard questions have subtler traps than this. A is clearly stronger, but I still say that people can't be influenced by something they're not informed about. If A wasn't there, this would be the correct answer.
Sometimes the supposedly "easy" questions have traps that may or may not be intentional--it's weird that the LSAC explanation did not address this issue with E at all. The more I study, the more often I read into questions and choices. Hopefully even more studying will help with that!
Thank you very much for your reply! The Powerscore Books have been very useful in my studies and this seems like a great and supportive community!