09 August 2012

Gallup poll reveals vegans don’t consider themselves to be vegetarian

A recent Gallup survey found that 5 percent of the US population label themselves as vegetarian. The poll also asked the respondents if they considered themselves to be vegan, with 2 percent of the respondents answering “yes."

Now for the interesting part: of the people who answered “yes” to being vegan, most had said "no" when asked if they considered themselves to be a vegetarian. The results suggest that vegans view themselves as different from vegetarians, rather than a type of vegetarian.

Overall, there was virtually no change in the number of people who considered themselves to be vegetarian from the last poll in 1999 where 6 percent of the population labeled themselves as such.

The most notable result of the study found that unmarried adults were more than twice as likely to be vegetarian over married adults. Also, there were slightly more female vegetarians than male, and more older vegetarians than younger adults, but the differences were not substantial.

The survey, conducted via phone, polled 1,014 US adults. This was the first time that a Gallup poll asked respondents if they were vegan.

For all you vegans out there: Do you consider yourself to be a vegetarian?

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Philadelphia, PA Stephanie is an eco-conscious vegan from Philadelphia, PA. She has a degree in Communications and Technical Theater, and is currently the communications specialist at an area nonprofit. She recently finished a year serving with AmeriCorps, and spends her free time playing with her adopted dogs and her rescued cats.

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