Climbing on the table full of empties (fallen_scholar) wrote in polloftheday,
Climbing on the table full of empties
fallen_scholar
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[From a long discussion that led from the previous poll].

Your very close friend, A, who is of substantially the same gender and sexual orientation as yourself, has announced an engagement to B. A and B are not a good match. You are certain that, should they solemnize their union, in no more than three years there will be a brutal separation that will leave all parties devastated...and probably harming a few others in the process as well.

You have the ability to stop the engagement. You can do so without A ever finding out. It will not harm B in any way, outside of the emotional sting that A will probably share. Still, whatever minor amount of pain you cause to both parties pales in comparison to how much pain you will prevent for a much wider group of individuals.

Unrealistic assumptions:

- There is no question A & B are a bad match.

- A will never find out what you do (unless you tell A).

Poll #1363682 Bounds of friendship as relates to gender/sexuality/morality.

Do you act to subvert the engagement?

Yes
6(7.7%)
Probably Yes
14(17.9%)
Probably No.
24(30.8%)
No.
34(43.6%)

Same as Question 1, but the friend is of a different gender than yourself.

Yes
7(9.0%)
Probably Yes.
14(17.9%)
Probably No
22(28.2%)
No.
35(44.9%)

Same as Question 1, but the friend is of a substantially different sexual orientation than yourself.

Yes.
6(7.7%)
Probably Yes.
12(15.4%)
Probably No.
25(32.1%)
No.
35(44.9%)

Same as Question 1, but the act is at some "moral hazard." (It takes an act that, while not illegal, is unsavory and possibly immoral).

Yes.
1(1.3%)
Probably Yes.
10(12.8%)
Probably No.
23(29.5%)
No.
44(56.4%)

How similar were your responses? (1 - all identical, 10, totally dissimilar).

Mean: 1.56 Median: 1 Std. Dev 1.24
1
53(68.8%)
2
15(19.5%)
3
7(9.1%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
1(1.3%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
1(1.3%)
10
0(0.0%)
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