# What is the difference between the confidence interval and margin of error?

##### 1 Answer

The margin of error is how far from the estimate we think the true value might be (in either direction).

The confidence interval is

#### Explanation:

You might hear people say things like:

"It'll be an hour,give or take10 minutes."

Or perhaps,

"His approval rating was 59 percent,plus or minus3 percentage points."

These phrases, "give or take" and "plus or minus", indicate a margin of error (or

The confidence interval gives us the actual low and high limits of the estimate at a given significance level

50 minutesto1 hour, 10 minutes

and

56 percentto62 percent.

Notice the use of "at a given significance level

The value of