I’ll Have The Red & Blue With A Side Of Conservative: Voting By Palate

by Amanda Green SOURCE Hunch

A lot of eating coming up this weekend and the start of the 2012 political campaigns are near. The latest data project from Hunch was to analyze how food preferences vary by political ideology. The infographic below breaks it down. Keep reading after the infographic for more background and analysis.


Back in July 2007, presidential nominee Barack Obama mentioned the price of arugula while speaking at a farm in Iowa. He was referring specifically to the price of arugula at Whole Foods, which doesn’t even have a store in Iowa. Conservatives went crazy. How could a man with a penchant for fancy lettuce run the US of A? Meanwhile, McCain went on the record and admitted, “I don’t do too well with vegetables.”

Michelle Obama came under the same heat (preheated at 300 degrees) when she and Cindy McCain shared their favorite cookie recipes with Family Circle. Apparently, the magazine readership’s recipe preferences correlated with the outcome of the four previous elections. In 2008, though, the cookie crumbled. Readers preferred McCain’s oatmeal butterscotch batch to Obama’s amaretto shortbread treats. No doubt some pundits wondered if amaretto is even legal in this country. Still, Barack rocked the polls.

The edible is political, but food preferences are polarizing even if we’re not trying to run the country. Let’s face it, vegans make most of us a little nervous. Those holiday meals with family can be hard to stomach, even before someone starts ranting about politics. People get tongue-tied about foie gras, and it’s not just a pronunciation issue. We all judge people by what they eat.

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, I guess.

Do you vote what you eat?