Writer's WebWhat is a Good Hypothesis?
By Daniel Palazzolo, Ph.D. and Dave Roberts, UR Writing Consultant

A good hypothesis has the following three characteristics:

Examples of Bad Hypotheses (Pollard, p. 33):

1. In comparing individuals, some people are more likely to donate money to political candidates than other people.

2. Highly religious people vote at higher rates.

3. In comparing individuals, gender and abortion attitudes are related.

4. Because of important cultural changes that began in the 1960s, many current political conflicts are based on generational differences.


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