WASHINGTON—Noting that many of those surveyed reported feeling kind of full but could “probably make room” for ice cream or pie, a report published Thursday by the Pew Research Center found that nearly a third of Americans would be willing to get dessert if someone else does. “Our research has revealed that one in three U.S. citizens is open to taking a look at the dessert menu if at least one other person in their party would consider it as well,” said lead researcher Gail Erickson, adding that an additional 25 percent of Americans admitted that, if someone ended up ordering the flourless chocolate cake or the tiramisu, they would have a bite. “However, we discovered that in situations where no one else expresses an interest in trying out the house specialty or splitting a slice of strawberry cheesecake, the likelihood of anyone at the table ordering dessert effectively drops to zero.” Erickson added that 98 percent of Americans who abstain from dessert had to admit that what everyone else got looks pretty good.

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