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  • Fact-checking the Sunday shows: Dec 7

    The Daily Beast - 12/07/2014

    The biggest problem is the study’s methodology. Researchers surveyed undergraduates at two unnamed large public universities (one in the Midwest and one in the South) and received 5,446 Web-based responses from women ages 18 to 25.

    That creates an obvious statistical issue: The results of a survey of two campuses cannot be extrapolated for the entire country. Experts we spoke with said this is a glaring caveat that makes it difficult to create a national estimate from the results.

    “This ‘one-in-five’ statistic shouldn’t just be taken with a grain of salt but the entire shaker,” said James Fox, professor of criminology, law and public policy at Northeastern University told PolitiFact this year.

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