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.