Did you know statisticians can predict your politics based on how you eat. One survey of thousands of restaurant-goers and shoppers analyzed the politics of establishments’ patrons and assigned each venue an index score based on how liberal or conservative their customer bases are.
Which restaurants/grocery stores scream “conservative” and which ones shout out “liberal” to you? Well, take the quick and see below for the startling results:
a. Bob Evans
b. The Cheesecake Factory
c. Red Robin
b. Trader Joe’s
b. Thin crust
c. Just normal pizza crust, thanks
b. Of course. But I prefer “food snob”
c. Probably once or twice – I love to try new recipes!
a. Does a burger with salsa and guac count? Fine. Chinese.
b. Pan-Asian/French fusion
c. Greek or Italian
a. 2% milk
a. Burger on the grill
b. Coconut curry
c. Pizza ‘n salad
a. Paula Deen, y’all
b. Giada – and not just ‘cause of her boobs
c. Rachael Ray
Chain restaurants that are
• most conservative are O’Charley’s and Cracker Barrel,
• while California Pizza Kitchen and Romano’s Macaroni Grill are most liberal.
In fact, a recent Wall Street Journal article discussing shifting demographics in American suburbs discussed that the arrival of a
• P.F. Chang’s or Chipotle in a given area can be a telltale sign that a conservative exurb is turning liberal.
Another study examined attitudinal preferences related to food in liberals and conservatives and found that
• conservatives are more likely to describe a cheeseburger as “delicious,” while liberals are more likely to proclaim them “disgusting.”
So was I right?