In the early part of 2005, the Terri Schiavo case received national attention as her husband sought to have life support removed, and her parents sought to maintain that life support. The courts allowed the life support to be removed, and her death ensued. A Harris Poll of 1010 U.S. adults was taken by telephone on April 21, 2005, to determine how common it is for life support systems to be removed. Those questioned in the sample were asked: (1) Has one of your parents, a close friend, or a family member died in the last 10 years? (2) Before (this death/these deaths) happened, was this person/ were any of these people, kept alive by any support system? (3) Did this person die while on a life support system, or had it been withdrawn? Respondents were also asked questions about age, sex, race, education, region, and household income to ensure that results represented a cross section of U.S. adults.
a. What kind of sampling design was used in this survey? Explain your answer.
b. If 78% of the respondents answered the first question in the affirmative, what was the approximate sample size for the second question?
c. If 28% of those responding to the second question answered "yes," what was the approximate sample size for the third question?

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