A Washington Post fact check gave Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg three Pinocchios on Thursday for cherry-picking data to suggest he “cut the black poverty rate by more than half” in South Bend, Ind., during his tenure as mayor.
The Post found that Buttigieg, who made the statement during a campaign stop in Allendale, S.C., used a selective estimate of poverty rates to support his claim. Using another data set preferred by experts, he determined the black poverty rate in South Bend only fell by 6 percent during Buttigieg’s time as mayor.
Both Buttigieg and the Post used data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to determine the poverty rate in South Bend. The ACS data are organized in two sets: one-year estimates and five-year combined estimates, the latter of which are considered more accurate by experts because they draw from a larger sample.