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What Your Eating Habits Say About Your Politics

A recent survey examined eating habits among liberals and conservatives, with at least one area where both parties agree.

Seasoned french fries.

Photo: Gudlyf (Flickr)

Studies show that conservatives prefer fries from McDonald's, while liberals favor more "bistro" type fries.


Hunch, a website dedicated to helping people make decisions by asking them a series of multiple choice questions, recently released a report that examined the “differences in selected food-related preferences and choices made by self-described conservatives and liberals.”

Their findings are quite amusing.

For example, conservatives prefer fries from the golden arches, aka McDonald’s. While liberals favor more “bistro” type fries. When it comes to girl scout cookies, conservatives enjoy a good ole shortbread. And liberals savor the chocolaty goodness of the samoa.

The Hot Dog…A Symbol Of Unity

Amazing finds, no? If only the two parties could find common ground so that one day capitol hill could live in peace! Alas, thank goodness for the hot-dog. I always knew, if there were anything to bring these two feuding groups together, it would be the hot dog. 74% of liberals and 83% of conservatives say they enjoy a hot dog now and then.

Key findings from Hunch:

The data in this report shows a consistent pattern for conservatives to trend towards “homey”, familiar, comfort foods and meat-heavy options. They are more likely than liberals to indulge in fast food… Liberals are more likely to be adventurous eaters, choosing international options such as Japanese or Thai.

Read More: How Food Preferences Vary by Political Ideology (Hunch)

Emily Shelton

Emily Shelton is a web producer and blogger for Earth Eats. A native of Evansville, Indiana, Emily moved to Bloomington in the fall of 2007 to attend Indiana University, pursuing a major in Telecommunications and a minor in Business. Emily began interning at WFIU in the fall of 2008 and is now an Assistant Web Producer. As an official Earth Eats "tweeter", Emily loves spreading the word about the importance of environmental issues and "going green". In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, writing, and looking at pictures of delicious meals that she'll only ever dream about.

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