If the existence and persistence of pluralities
can be accommodated within other views, then it seems that empirical pluralism needs to be motivated by other, perhaps uniquely philosophical, considerations.
By now the story of the election contest in Florida in 2000 is well known, but most of the popular commentary on the election almost ignored other states in which razor-thin pluralities
were critical to the electoral-vote margin.
, but not majorities, see them as harsh and as torture but also as effective and justified
Thinking of the future and people's standard of living, three-quarters (76%) of French adults expect their standard of living to be worse in the next year as do majorities in Spain (59%), Italy (58%) and Great Britain (55%) and pluralities
in Germany (45%) and the U.
When shown a list of economic problems facing their countries, pluralities
in five of them believe that the rising price of food and energy is the most serious problem (46% in US, Spain, 42% in France, 40% in Britain and 37% in Germany).