27 March 2013

New poll suggests that Democrats view vegans favorably, Republicans not so much

It’s interesting how Democrats and Republicans disagree on just about everything, even when food gets brought into the picture. In a February study conducted by Public Policy Polling to express food issues polarizing America, 500 registered voters were asked normal, everyday questions about their eating habits and preferences. Interestingly, 13 percent of the people surveyed were either vegetarian (6 percent) or vegan (7 percent), and when it comes to veganism, Democrats gave a 48/22 favorability rating while Republican voters had a negative opinion of  (31/41).

While the study covers a wide range of simple questions, it also tells us a little bit about our political parties. Interestingly, Democrats favor bagels (34 percent) and croissants (32 percent) while Republicans prefer donuts (35 percent). Democrats prefer regular soft drinks (47/31) but Republicans prefer diet (42/34). As for the Olive Garden, Republicans believe that the Olive Garden is a “quality source of authentic ethnic food” (43/41) while Democrats (41/44) think that it is not.

However, Democrats and Republicans do share some similar views when it comes to food. As for fast food, 40% of Americans have a positive opinion of it while 49% view it negatively. Democrats and Republicans both came in at 41/50 on their opinion of fast food.

Dinner comes in as the favorite meal of the day for both Democrats and Republicans, at 52 percent. 29 percent prefer breakfast and 11 percent prefer lunch.

While the CDC estimated last year that 36 percent of Americans are obese, only 21 percent of the people surveyed considered themselves to actually be obese.

While the study doesn’t give us a definite understanding of why each party chose the answers they did, we are left with the conclusion that Democrats have a better opinion of vegans and vegetarians than Republicans do. The poll tells us that 49 percent of Americans have a good opinion of vegetarians and 22 percent present negative opinions. Vegans receive an overall spread of 38/30.

To see more of the poll results, please visit http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/02/food-issues-polarizing-america.html.

If you need help determining which party is on your side, check out The Humane Society Legislative Fund and see who ranks on the Humane Scorecard.

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Minnesota Alexandra is a lover of all animals, but has a soft spot for especially dogs and rabbits. She believes that life is not complete without an animal to love. Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. Alexandra is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing. She absolutely loves to write news and creative nonfiction, and obsesses over spelling and grammar.

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