Food Politics: Foodies and Their Liberal Politics

By Kay Steiger

Hunch, a site that uses “collective knowledge” to answer questions, released a report on “food-related preferences” by those on either side of the political spectrum. It’s worth reading the whole thing because it’s hilariously apt: liberals prefer arugula and “bistro-style” fries to meat and deep-dish pizza; conservatives classify Velveeta as “cheese” and accept Iceberg lettuce as an adequate means of eating plants. The survey confirms a lot of stereotypes about what liberals and conservatives eat, though the report doesn’t seem scientific by any measure.


To me this survey might be more indicative of cultural differences in America. Since I hail from the rural part of Minnesota, much of the food in the left, or “conservative,” column matched my palate when I lived there. Once I moved to an urban area (and, incidentally, became more liberal on a lot of issues, including food policy), my palate changed. I ate food with more spices and made a point to consume more fresh fruit. Urban areas tend to be more liberal and they also tend to have a more diverse selection of food. It’s no accident that fresh fruit and arugula are more popular in “liberal,” i.e. urban, areas.

We can still find some common ground. Roughly the same amount of liberals and conservatives wouldn’t spent more than $100 on a bottle of wine and a solid majority of both groups found a bacon double cheeseburger delicious.


8 responses to “Food Politics: Foodies and Their Liberal Politics

  1. Hi Kay- thanks for writing about this. I’m the author of the report.

    You’re right that there are most certainly several underlying causal elements (including geography, which I mention in the report) which contribute to the correlations mentioned in the study.

    You’re so right that the places we relocate to can help to reshape both our beliefs and our palates.

    Anyway, thanks for reading the report!
    Kelly Ford

  2. I’m just glad to see that cilantro and double bacon cheeseburgers are bipartisan.

  3. RE: Girl Scout Cookies

    I assume that the study omitted the massive bipartisan preference for Thin Mints in order avoid skewing the statistics; otherwise, the entire affair is garbage.

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  5. “Since I hail from the rural part of Minnesota”


    Maybe a post on the wild rice?

    I am quite interested in it. I seem to recall it’s not really rice and is very good for you.

    Anyways, I’ve never had it and it seems to be something we should be eating more of.

    Thanks in advance.

  6. lol Food Politics :)
    Great approach to foods, or politics!?

    Great post.

  7. wow, that is so weired, politics and food are statistically related!

  8. Apparently, I was heavily misinformed about many of these “conservative foods” and now thanks to you I no longer am.

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