Table 2

Science evaluation criteria used by those who submitted written commentary or testified on the Maryland and Washington Indoor Air Regulations by position toward the regulation

Criteria for evaluation scienceMarylandWashington
For (n=188)Against (n=157)For (n=141)Against (n=52)
Reliability 2011251618131121
Quality 14725163236
p = 0.251, Fisher's exactp = 0.004, Fisher's exact
  • Fisher's exact test was used to test for differences in the distribution of the proportions of types of scientific arguments used between commentary in support of the regulation and commentary against. The distribution of arguments was significantly different between the two groups in Washington.