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Analysis on numbers

"Most Americans say U.S. on wrong track, poll says," is a story on CNN about a poll done by CBS and New York Times. The story is almost completely about the results of this poll, but concentrates specifically on the news that Americans believe the United States is on the wrong track.

The story uses numbers to express exactly how many people in the poll feel on a certain topic. For example, "The CBS News-New York Times poll released Thursday showed 81 percent of respondents said they believed 'things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track.'" That line helps prove the writers earlier point that the U.S. is headed the wrong way.

The numbers are not completely overwhelming though. The writer goes back and forth using percentages, fractions, or straight numbers to describe the poll so it doesn't feel like too much. Also, there is only a few stats per paragraph.

I can't say for sure if the writer used math to crunch any numbers or if he only used numbers from the poll, but I would guess he used math to get some of his own findings.

The story credits the poll for all of the numbers and also gives crucial information about the poll, such as the margin of error and sample size.