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 '16 at 14:02

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

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  • 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? – LearnWorkLearn Jul 27 '16 at 21:14
  • @LearnWorkLearn You're asking us to fact check the study, so yes. – Sam I am says Reinstate Monica Jul 27 '16 at 21:16
  • Makes sense, I agree. – LearnWorkLearn Jul 27 '16 at 21:23

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.

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