In a survey of voters in Binghamton, 55% of those surveyed said they would vote for Armas for city council. If 24,000 people vote in the election, about how many will vote for Armas?

1 Answer
Feb 22, 2017

About 13,200 will vote for Armas for city council.


We can rewrite this problem as:

What is 55% of 24,000?

"Percent" or "%" means "out of 100" or "per 100", Therefore 55% can be written as #55/100#.

When dealing with percents the word "of" means "times" or "to multiply".

Finally, lets call the number of people voting for Armas we are looking for "v".

Putting this altogether we can write this equation and solve for #v# while keeping the equation balanced:

#v = 55/100 xx 24000#

#v = 1320000/100#

#v = 13200#