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It depends on what you're displaying. For percentage charts, absolutely; it makes it much easier to see what's happening to each segment. But if, instead of percentages, they'd been displaying absolute numbers of households, then stacked columns lets you show relative percentages, changes, and growth of the total. Since the number of US households in 2012 is substantially different than in 1970, the stacked column has definite advantages. And if you're using percentages, why aren't you using a pie chart?
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