Whenever you are working with statistics, be mindful of the underlying data:
Who gathered the data? Why are they gathering it?
How did they collect the data? Was the data self-reported?
What questions were asked? Did they including leading questions?
What is the sample size? Is it large enough to be significant?
Who is reporting the data? Why?
Learn more about thinking critically about statistics:
Mona Chalabi: 3 Ways to Spot a Bad Statistic: TED talk
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