STUDY: Personal Politics Can Be Predicted By What You Order At The Bar
January 2, 2014 8:47am PST
We all know the easiest way to figure out about someone’s political beliefs is to just ask them. They’ll either let you know they don’t pay much attention or they’ll gnaw your ear off for the remainder of the night. But what if there was a way you could approach someone likeminded to have an intellectual conversation about politics?
Well, that’s exactly what the National Media Research Planning and Placement when they set out to determine the political leanings of certain alcoholic beverage drinkers. To their surprise, it turned out that a pattern emerged over the 2 year, 50,000 person study.
Will Feltus and his group of researchers recently released a chart demonstrating that your, “voting habits can be realized according to drink choices.”
The chart goes in four different directions—Republican and Democrat, spanning right to left, and how likely a person is to vote (more is up and less is down). Looking at the chart, it appears as if average Democrat likes their clear beverages while Republicans seem to stick to something a little darker in color.
Now, “there were also a variety of bipartisan beverages, including Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Malibu Coconut, Johnnie Walker Black and Segram’s 7 Crown.”
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The Daily Mail makes the connection that the chart does exhibit some degree of stereotype as, “the least likely voters were drinking harder stuff: Don Julio tequila, Jagermeister, Smirnoff Twist and Belvedere.” They go on to explain that, “older people – those who stereotypically like to enjoy a nice glass of wine – vote far more frequently than their young counterparts, those who may be mixing Jagermeister with Red Bull.”
Feltus also seemed to discover something else, and although it may not be true, he stated, “We added up the size of the bubbles (on the graph) – the blue bubbles are almost twice as large as the red bubbles.”
So he’s saying Democrats drink twice as much as Republicans?
The Daily Mail did eventually contradict the study saying:
“Democratic President Harry Truman reportedly enjoyed drinking bourbon, which is supposedly a Republican beverage.
The same can be said Democratic former President Lyndon Johnson, who enjoyed drinking a Cutty Sark scotch and soda on his ranch in Texas.
Republican former presidents, too, didn’t totally stick with the analysis.
Former President Gerald Ford enjoyed a gin and tonic, while former President George H.W. Bush drank vodka martinis – both drinks on the Democratic side of the spectrum.”
Phew, that was a close one! I was starting to think I was a closet Democrat.
Where did you guys land on the spectrum, and what do you actually believe? Let us know in a comment below!
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