New study finds that Republicans and Democrats are even divided on food choices

The differences between Republicans and Democrats are even bigger than we thought – it looks like they can’t even agree on food choices!

A new Public Policy Polling study released yesterday found that the two parties disagree on many of their culinary choices, including their favorite fast food chicken joint and soda preferences.

Unsurprisingly, Republicans overwhelmingly preferred Chick-fil-A to Kentucky Fried Chicken, 48 percent to 29 percent. Chick-fil-A, which does not open its doors on Sundays, made headlines last year when its owner, Dan Cathy, expressed his opposition to gay marriage in a radio interview and millions of conservatives flooded the restaurant in support of the owner’s comments on “National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”

Republicans and Democrats also tend to choose different breakfast pastries. While both would rather have a bagel if available, Republicans are more willing to settle for a donut while Democrats are more likely to choose a croissant from the local coffee shop.

Although both Republicans and Democrats prefer Coke over Pepsi, they differ when it comes to regular versus diet sodas. Nearly half of all Democrats (47 percent) prefer regular coke to Diet Coke, while 42 percent of Republicans would rather drink the lighter-calorie soft drink.

Interestingly, Republicans were split when asked if they would pay more at restaurants so that the owners could pay for employee healthcare, a direct result of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care law. Democrats, however, overwhelmingly supported paying more at restaurants, 72 percent to 19 percent.

Both parties were also split when asked if Olive Garden, a popular chain restaurant, served “authentic” Italian food. Olive Garden’s parent company, Darden Restaurants, had been working with first lady Michelle Obama on her “Let’s Move” initiative but later announced that it would make more of its employees part-time workers to avoid having to pay for their healthcare under the new law.

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