There are many ways that we identify ourselves, and one of our deepest set chosen identities tends to be political beliefs. Self-identified liberals and conservatives (rather than those that identify as “middle of the road”) tend to disagree strongly on a variety of subjects, from the size of government to taxation to gay marriage. A survey of 347, 949 Hunch.com users has identified that those who tend to support liberal or conservative politicians also disagree on what to eat.
Those who identified as liberal seem to be more likely to agree with what they read at DietsInReview. While conservatives were 65 percent more likely to eat fast food a few times per week, liberals were 92 percent more likely to eat fast food rarely or never. When it comes to french fries, conservatives consider McDonald’s the best of the best, while liberals are 64 percent more likely to prefer bistro-type fries.
Similar to their fast food choices, those who identify as conservative were 50 percent more likely to believe there is no significant difference between organic and processed food, while identifying yourself as a liberal makes you 28 percent more likely to disagree. Liberals are 29 percent more likely than conservatives to avoid soda and 27 percent as likely to drink only diet soda when they do. Those who identify as liberal are 28 percent more likely to eat fresh fruit daily, while those who identify as conservative are 35 percent more likely to eat fresh fruit less than once per week.
Liberals seem to be more liberal in their alcoholic intake as well. When eating dinner at home, liberals are 57 percent more likely to drink wine, while conservatives are 57 percent more likely to choose milk and 17 percent more likely to choose juice or soda. When it comes to beer, 60 percent of liberals enjoy beer, while conservatives are 27 percent more likely to state that they do not like the taste of beer.
When asked about their idea of exotic ethnic food, liberals were more likely to consider Pan-Asian or French fusion foods, while conservatives were 94 percent more likely to consider Chinese takeout to be exotic ethnic food. Liberals are likely to prepare coconut curry with lamb and rice, but conservatives are not, opting for burgers, meatloaf, or casseroles. It is the politically liberal shoppers that choose the “hard-to pronounce pastas” in the grocery store. When it comes to pizza, liberals tend to prefer a thin crust while conservatives prefer a thick crust or deep dish pizza.
Despite all of our differences, the majority of liberals and conservatives agree that we prefer soft tortillas when eating tacos.
Do your food preferences align with your political choices or are you an outlier?
July 11th, 2011