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I think this is insufficiently talked about in discussions of voting systems. For some situations it's better to have a divisive winner with passionate support and in other situations it's better to have a compromise winner that nobody hates too much.

Different voting systems can give you different angles on picking the option with the most direct support versus avoiding picking options that stir up a lot of dislike in the voting body.

While that's true and important, plurality doesn't do as good a job as other methods at either.

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