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A newsgroup is interested in constructing a 95% confidence interval for the proportion of all Americans who are in favor of a new Green initiative. Of the 549 randomly selected Americans surveyed, 361 were in favor of the initiative. Round answers to 4 decimal places where possible.

a. With 95% confidence the proportion of all Americans who favor the new Green initiative is between answer ________ and answer _______.

b. If many groups of 549 randomly selected Americans were surveyed, then a different confidence interval would be produced from each group. About answer _____ percent of these confidence intervals will contain the true population proportion of Americans who favor the Green initiative and about answer _______ percent will not contain the true population proportion.

Answer #1

a)

sample proportion, pcap = 361/549 = 0.6576

sample size, n = 549

Standard error, SE = sqrt(pcap * (1 - pcap)/n)

SE = sqrt(0.6576 * (1 - 0.6576)/549) = 0.0203

Given CI level is 95%, hence α = 1 - 0.95 = 0.05

α/2 = 0.05/2 = 0.025, Zc = Z(α/2) = 1.96

CI = (pcap - z*SE, pcap + z*SE)

CI = (0.6576 - 1.96 * 0.0203 , 0.6576 + 1.96 * 0.0203)

CI = (0.6178 , 0.6974)

With 95% confidence the proportion of all Americans who favor the new Green initiative is between 0.6178 and 0.6974

b)

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