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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The district has improved its index by five percentage points since 2014. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Unified gives progress report on $8.4 billion in bond projects," 11 July 2019 In a two-way race, forecasters might get away with over- or underestimating a party’s performance by a few percentage points. The Economist, "Britain’s four-party politics looks like a lottery," 11 July 2019 But a last-minute visit by Trump helped Barr to victory by a little more than 3 percentage points. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Amy McGrath says she will take on Mitch McConnell in 2020 US Senate race," 9 July 2019 Suspensions for elementary school students have since plummeted by 40 percent while test scores have risen by about 35 percentage points in English and math. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, "Why Some of the Country’s Best Urban Schools Are Facing a Reckoning," 5 July 2019 The Republican margin of victory in showcase, top-of-the-ticket races has dramatically decreased since 2014, when then Attorney General Greg Abbott beat former state Sen. Wendy Davis by 20 percentage points in the governor's race. Dallas News, "With Trump at the top of the ticket, Republicans, Democrats prepare for epic 2020 Texas fight," 5 July 2019 Tulane’s Education Alliance, in its report released last March, found the city’s public school expulsion rate increased by 1.5 to 2.7 percentage points in the four years immediately following the storm., "New Orleans schools seek better discipline process as expulsions drop but suspensions rise," 27 June 2019 The results indicate that Medicaid enrollment fell by a stunning 12 percentage points. Michael Hiltzik,, "Confirmed: Medicaid work rules are a health disaster for the poor and don’t affect work," 21 June 2019 Illinois congressman Dan Lipinski, one of only three pro-life Democrats left in the House, survived a 2018 primary challenge from left-wing activist Marie Newman by only two percentage points. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of percentage point

1958, in the meaning defined above

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