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Posted on Fri, May 27, 2011 : 5:59 a.m.

Do you eat like a liberal or a conservative?

By Jessica Webster


Both liberals and conservatives enjoy cold breakfast cereal.

Photo by Flickr user redcargurl

As if our current political climate isn't divisive enough, according to this post from Mashable, data from shows that people who identify as "liberal" or "conservative" also have differing tastes when it comes to food choices.

After running a survey of their 2,000 members, the folks at Hunch came to some interesting conclusions.

For instance, conservatives are 20 percent more likely to skip breakfast and 9 percent more likely to prefer soft tacos, while liberals are 57 percent more likely to drink wine with dinner at home and 28 percent more likely to eat fresh fruit daily.

You can view the complete infographic on Mashable.



Sat, May 28, 2011 : 9:21 p.m.

Both liberals and conservatives prefer soft tacos. I guess I'm a "crunchy" extremist of some sort. . . some third party person.


Sat, May 28, 2011 : 2:19 p.m.

We all need a good laugh now and then.


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 6:37 p.m.

A little twist: As a staunch conservative, I go out of my way to invite liberals to dinner. Huh? You bet. It makes for a much more interesting and lively time. So long as mutual respect is abundant, the evening passes too quickly. As for what we eat, and since I do almost all of the cooking, I cannot discern any difference in food tastes. Maybe my liberal friends like a little more wine, though.

say it plain

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 3:49 p.m.

Does *need* to fan stupid flames of the usual corporate-profit-serving pretend 'debate' we have in this country... BY TRYING TO LINE US UP ACCORDING TO WHICH COOKIES WE BUY?! I mean, really, don't you have some journalism to engage in?!

John B.

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 9:59 p.m.

@sayitplain: Less caffeine might help, perhaps?


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 5:02 p.m.


Jen Eyer

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 4:30 p.m.

Thanks for your perspective!

say it plain

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 4:24 p.m.

sorry, didn't mean to offend about the all-caps, I only use them ever to imply irony really, not, like, yelling ;-) But I will not resort to such tactics again! I do realize this is food and drink. I guess in part my concern is that lining us up liberal-to-conservative would even happen in food and drink lol--a section where I thought we could all come together over, say, scones ;-) Didn't think I'd have to ponder how *I* say scones, but *you* say biscuits, as it were, or *I* like organic early glow strawberry jam and *you* like smucker's concord grape jelly...

Jen Eyer

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 4:17 p.m.

@say it plain: This is the Food &amp; Drink section. If you're looking for hard news, head on over to the News section: <a href=""></a>. Also, please do not post in all capital letters in the future. Thanks!

say it plain

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 4:13 p.m.

Oh, thank goodness we are &quot;all alike&quot; at some level, then, is the headline misleading?! Imho, it's only 'fascinating' because we are so darned-well focused on the parameter &quot;liberal-conservative&quot;, a non-useful 'spectrum' along which we are encouraged to define ourselves in so many things, to the detriment of all but a tiny few of us (and they are often the ones *encouraging* us to see the world in these divisive terms!)... I'd just like some more actual journalism generally-- accepting that this counts haha as 'entertainment'--and less facebook-style civic interaction, you know? No offense meant, just sayin'...


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 4:04 p.m.


Jessica Webster

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 3:59 p.m.

Nah, no flame-fanning intended. I saw this infographic and thought it was fascinating. If you look at the center column, you see that we all enjoy many of the same foods.


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 3:37 p.m.

Hmm, Right in the middle for me -- I cook Thai, Indian, Turkish at home frequently and have a nice wine cellar, but I also make a darn-fine meatloaf, turkey-gravy, tuna-casserole or mac-n-cheese. Must be Dad's Conservative genes battling it out with Mom's Liberal genes. *lol* It seemed to make them happy :O)


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 2:53 p.m.

Strawberry jam versus grape jelly? Seriously? This may be the dumbest poll ever conducted.

say it plain

Sat, May 28, 2011 : 2:25 p.m.

Yep, what a society does for its fun reveals a lot ;-)

John B.

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 9:58 p.m.

Patty: I dunno. I prefer strawberry, but I will say that much of the other stuff in the list of 'lib' tendencies isn't my cuppa joe, so who knows? It's just a fun distraction anyways, not really meant to be taken too seriously (although some folks have already done just that, I see...). Plus, Wendy's fries are way better than McDs' anyways.


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 3:27 p.m.

Not so sure about that. Have you been following's &quot;Best Of&quot; polls?

Charlie Brown's Ghost

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 1:39 p.m.

The other difference is that liberals want to use the government to control what everybody else eats, while conservatives believe in freedom. Good Night and Good Grief.

free form

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 5:48 p.m.

&quot;conservatives believe in freedom&quot; Hahaha... that is the funniest thing I have read in a long time. Conservatives believe in the freedom to do the things THEY want to do. They certainly don't support my freedom of religion, my freedom of choice or my freedom to marry someone of the same sex.


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 5:01 p.m.

lol.. good grief is right... &quot;... while conservatives believe in freedom...&quot; And then after they are done eating nothing but garbage they want the government to take care of them the rest of their life by providing their heart medications, blood pressure meds, diabetes meds, whatever meds fat people take.. and so on..

David Paris

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 4:16 p.m.

Sorry for the redundancy, I didn't see johnnya2's similar reply. But, yea, by most observations, conservatives don't want regulations to interfere with profits.

David Paris

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 4:12 p.m.

By &quot;control what everybody else eats&quot; I think what you mean is that the FDA is allowed to dictate what can and cannot be sold for human consumption. So, for example a meat packer can't let a rodent slip into the ground meat, or sell dog meat as 100% ground chuck, or they can fine a fast-food chain for salmonella contaminated food. On the other hand, conservatives believe in the freedom to dismantle consumer protection agencies so that large conglomerates can maximize profit for the benefit of the few, and the detriment of the many. Thanks for pointing that out, Mr Ghost!

Charlie Brown's Ghost

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 3:24 p.m.

Ah, you caught us! You're right, no regulation anywhere! That's exactly what we want! We've been figured out, guys! Good Night and Good Grief.


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 2:41 p.m.

Actually republicans believe the farm and manufacturer should not be regulated and thus the end user not even know what the hell he is eating. Right wing ideology would allow PBB in milk, arsenic in broccoli, and fecal matter in beer. Conservatives belief in freedom ends at the bedroom and what people can do with their OWN bodies. (pot, abortion, gay sex)

Top Cat

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 1:05 p.m.

I'll just bet that people who disagree with me on important matters love asparagus, brussell sprouts and broccoli. That would account for their disagreeable temperment and thus their severe misinterpretation of the facts.


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 2:48 p.m.

If you're talking about quality of food (or, for that matter, of life), I agree with you.

Top Cat

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 2:18 p.m.

Quality trumps quantity.


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 1:52 p.m.

And their greater likelihood of living longer.


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 1:02 p.m.

100% of liberals believe the government should fund this survey. 100% of conservatives believe the government did fund this survey.


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 12:27 p.m.

@Mary: they aren't saying that liberals and conservatives don't like the other foods. They are saying that if faced with a choice between foods (restaurants, drinks, etc.), that there is a preference for one over the other.


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 12:07 p.m.

(The Chinese carryout thing may be urban-rural.)


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 12:03 p.m.

The soft taco thing probably just reflects larger proportions of conservatives in Texas, Southern California, and the Southwest, where people are more likely to know that tacos are supposed to be soft.


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 11:46 a.m.

Sounds like a bee-ess study to me.


Fri, May 27, 2011 : 11:45 a.m.

I eat liberaly on a conservative budget.

Mary Bilyeu

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 10:25 a.m.

Most entertaining! However, as a virtual omnivore, you'd never guess from my diet that I'm a bleeding heart because I'll eat almost anything ('cept sushi and pork rinds). I looked over each of the 3 columns -- liberal, common ground, conservative -- and I'd eat any of the offerings!