But suppose we prepare a ballot for this group with the following choices on it:
- chocolate ice cream, in a cone
- chocolate ice cream, in a cup
- vanilla ice cream
Assume that five chocolate ice cream lovers prefer to eat it out of a cup instead of a cone. Suddenly, it's 11 votes for vanilla, 9 for chocolate-on-a-cone, and 5 for chocolate-in-a-cup...and despite the fact that the majority prefer chocolate to vanilla, the group is eating vanilla.
I've done some research on the subject and read some mathematical models and such; I've talked about some options in this community at one point...but I'm interested in hearing from others on what they feel the best way would be to avoid this problem. After all, the average voter doesn't read dry math texts to figure out what to do in this situation...what do you think? Should it be corrected, and if so, how?