Many political statements include statistics and I generally like to see if there is any truth to those statistics. While the truthfulness of the statement as a whole could be pretty subjective, I think most statistics can be analyzed objectively. Is it considered on-topic to ask about specific statistics used in political statements?

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    If the statement is in any way notable, Skeptics.SE would be ontopic to ask
    – user4012
    May 26, 2016 at 14:02

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When you want to fact-check a statement made by a politician, then this is a better question for the website Skeptics Stackexchange. It specializes on verifying claims by notable people or organizations.


If you want to know where they got their statistics from, I'd certainly consider that on topic. An answer to that question would help you make sense of what a politician is saying and what their positions are.

Be careful though, If you know where a politician is getting their statistics from, but you want to otherwise fact check their source, then you might find yourself in a situation where you have numerous other sources either affirming or debunking those statistics, and it is very possible for that question to be too broad

  • In this case, if I were to ask "Was the impact of the proposed tax cut cited by a Presidential candidate from a recent Harvard study factually accurate?" would that be too broad? Jul 27, 2016 at 21:14
  • @LearnWorkLearn You're asking us to fact check the study, so yes. Jul 27, 2016 at 21:16
  • Makes sense, I agree. Jul 27, 2016 at 21:23

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