(CNN)At the "first in the South" Democratic candidates forum hosted by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Hillary Clinton cited a recent study that she said had a remarkable finding about white middle aged Americans with less education. A study she misstated. Jake Tapper checks the claim as part of a partnership with FactCheck.org.
Checking Hillary Clinton's claims on mortality study
Clinton claimed a recent study showed "white middle-aged Americans without a high school education ... are dying earlier than their parents and their grandparents." The study found an increased mortality rate among that age group since 1999, but it made no comparisons with past generations.
"Our study doesn't establish any of what she says, parents or grandparents, and it is not a question we ask," Deaton told us in an email. "Given the general decline in mortality [prior to 1999], I'd be surprised if the statement [by Clinton] were true in any reasonable interpretation, especially for the grandparents, and I don't think the data exist to find out precisely."