percentage point


Definition of percentage point 

: one hundredth of a whole : percent interest rates rose one percentage point from 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent

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In 2008, when Barack Obama won the national vote for president by a sizable 7 percentage points, Democrats won more House seats than votes by 6.2 percentage points. Aaron Zitner, WSJ, "Why House Votes and Political Power Often Don’t Match," 16 Nov. 2018 Denham, elected during the Tea Party wave of 2010, is fighting to hold onto a heavily minority district that backed Hillary Clinton by three percentage points in 2016. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "A venture capitalist is running for Congress in farm country. And his opponent is turning those Silicon Valley bona fides into an insult.," 20 Sep. 2018 Gillum winning by about three percentage points, but was really a surprise over Gwen Graham in that race. Fox News, "President Trump's influence on crucial midterm elections," 29 Aug. 2018 The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4 percentage points. Juana Summers, The Seattle Times, "AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans see a sharply divided nation," 25 Oct. 2018 The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. Frank Miles, Fox News, "'Abolish ICE' sees little support among Democrats despite left-wing push, poll finds," 27 Aug. 2018 The margin of error for overall results is plus or minus five percentage points. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "The public rejected Trump’s child-separation policy, but a majority supports his push to detain families until court hearings," 13 July 2018 The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. Fox News, "AP-NORC Poll: Majority approve of Trump's North Korea effort," 22 June 2018 The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. The Christian Science Monitor, "Poll: Most Americans approve of Trump's handling of North Korea," 21 June 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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