In this highly polarized political climate Democrats and Republicans can't even agree about food.
Democrats are the party of bagels (34%) and croissants (32%) while Republicans prefer to eat donuts (35%).
Democrats like KFC better than Chick Fil A (39/18) while Republicans take Chick Fil A over KFC by a 48/29 spread.
Democrats are cool with vegans (a 48/22 favorability rating) while GOP voters have a negative opinion of them (31/41).
Democrats prefer regular soda (47/31) while Republicans prefer diet (42/34).
And while Republicans narrowly believe that Olive Garden constitutes 'a quality source of authentic ethnic food' (43/41), Democrats (41/44) think it does not.
There are plenty of food issues where Democrats and Republicans do see eye to eye though:
-Overall 40% of Americans have a positive opinion of fast food to 49% who view it negatively. Democrats and Republicans both come in at 41/50 on their general opinion toward fast food.
-52% of Americans say that dinner is their favorite meal of the day. 29% go for breakfast, and lunch brings up the rear at 11%. Democrats and Republicans both strongly back dinner.
-Coke beats out Pepsi 43/35 in the soft drink wars, drawing support from both Republicans (47/33) and Democrats (44/37).
-And there's a strong sentiment from voters crossing demographic lines that they'd rather have a coke than a beer (57/30).
There's mixed news on the fast food burger front. Burger King wins best honors with 22% to 19% for Wendy's and 15% for McDonald's. McDonald's with 22% takes the dubious least favorite prize with 22% to 16% for Hardee's and 15% for both Burger King and Jack in the Box. But the news isn't all bad for McDonald's- in a hypothetical Presidential race Ronald McDonald would beat out the Burger King 36/22.
We also found that only 21% of Americans consider themselves to be obese. Last year the CDC estimated that almost 36% of Americans are actually obese, and it seems possible that the lack of self awareness among people who are obsese could help to explain why so many more people are than think they are.
A few final notes from the poll:
-49% of Americans have a favorable opinion of vegetarians to 22% with a negative one. For vegans it's a 38/30 spread.
-Overall 13% of the people we surveyed consider themselves to be either vegetarians (6%) or vegans (7%).
-Americans narrowly prefer pancakes (33%) over french toast (30%) with waffles finishing well back at 22%.
We'll have more from the food poll tomorrow.
Full results here