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Politics divides palates: How liberals, conservatives like to eat

May 27, 2011 at 1:52 PM ET

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President Obama is shown eating at a milkshake shop.

Forget about getting consensus on health care reform; liberals and conservatives might never even agree on what constitutes the best french fry.

Hunch.com, which culls data from millions of users about their preferences, takes a look at how eating habits differ based on political views. In turn, that data is presented in this fascinating infographic, picked up by Mashable.com.

The big takeaways:

  • Conservatives are 38 percent more likely to prefer McDonald’s french fries, and they also opt for thicker steak fries. Liberals, on the other hand, like their pommes frites bistro-style.
  • If you walk into a home and get a whiff of home-cooked coconut curry with lamb and rice, you can be pretty darn sure your host is liberal.
  • 28 percent more liberals enjoy beer, and most drink wine at home. Conservatives, meanwhile, are more likely to drink milk and non-diet soft drinks.  
  • If you’re trying to woo a conservative, keep it simple: skip the fine dining and fancy pastas and stick to spaghetti at the Olive Garden.

But wait, there's hope! While liberals are more likely to enjoy thin crust pizza (President Obama is an exception -- is that considered reaching across the aisle?), and conservatives are more likely to crave deep dish, they are both equally satisfied by a regular crust. And if you really want to keep the peace, hook everyone up with soft tortillas, which the left and right both pick over crunchy tacos.

What do you think? Does the data match your political leanings?

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