What Your Beer Says About Your Politics

 

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The Washington Post came up with this chart based on data about the relationship between your liquor of choice, your partisan affiliation, and your vote propensity. A few highlights:

  • Wine drinkers are more likely to vote than beer drinkers.
  • Low-calorie beers lean Republican.
  • Heavier beers lean Democrat.
  • Someone who enjoys a nice single-malt scotch is more likely to cast a ballot than someone who prefers Canadian whiskey, and malt liquor drinkers turn out with the least frequency.

I’m not much of a wine-bibber myself so I rely on you to tell me whether this rings true in your experience.

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  1. skipsul Inactive
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    Might want to edit that – Bourbon shows as a decent turnout, while Malt Liquor is at the bottom.

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  2. The King Prawn Inactive
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    @TheKingPrawn

    I don’t see The Kraken or Irish Death on there.

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  3. thelonious Member
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    Kinda surprised Cognac drinkers have a below average voter turnout.

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  4. user_86050 Inactive
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    @KCMulville

    Guinness and Rolling Rock seem to identify the same people. Pittsburgh Irish? Art Rooney?

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  5. Mendel Inactive
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    I wish social science data like this would also display either error bars or the statistical significance. Without that information, there’s no way of knowing whether these data points are predictive, or if there is no correlation between drink of choice and politics and these points are simply the averages of a very diverse range of responses.

    I get that this is more of a parlor piece meant for a chuckle, but even the website of the company that put this together didn’t comment on the significance of the data in their “full report”.

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  6. Mendel Inactive
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    skipsul:Might want to edit that – Bourbon shows as a decent turnout, while Malt Liquor is at the bottom.

    I think “malt liquor” here is referring to the very strong, “40 ounce” style beer often consumed by very poor people (and hipster college students), like Colt .45.

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  7. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Republicans drink Labatt Blue?!?!

    I mean, I get Republicans drinking rye (Canadian Whiskey). If it’s good enough for Don Draper, right?

    But Labatt Blue?!?!

    That’s … so … wrong.

    There are somanybetterCanuckistanibeers.

    (It’s too bad they no longer make Dow. Sadly, it was taken off the market because it contained unhealthy levels of cobalt.)

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  8. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Also, I’m offended that Michelob Ultra is even considered “beer”…

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  9. thelonious Member
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    I drank too much tequila once and accidentally voted straight party democrat.  I might have skewed those numbers a little.  Don’t Drink and Vote!!!

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  10. user_51254 Member
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    @BereketKelile

    Mendel:

    skipsul:Might want to edit that – Bourbon shows as a decent turnout, while Malt Liquor is at the bottom.

    I think “malt liquor” here is referring to the very strong, “40 ounce” style beer often consumed by very poor people (and hipster college students), like Colt .45.

    Also known as black democrats who rarely vote.

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  11. Mendel Inactive
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    Bereket Kelile:

    Mendel:

    skipsul:Might want to edit that – Bourbon shows as a decent turnout, while Malt Liquor is at the bottom.

    I think “malt liquor” here is referring to the very strong, “40 ounce” style beer often consumed by very poor people (and hipster college students), like Colt .45.

    Also known as black democrats who rarely vote.

    And rich white hipster college kids….who also rarely vote.

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  12. DocJay Inactive
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlR-I57nmr4

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  13. Susan in Seattle Member
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    Oh please.

    (And any chart that refers to Zinfandel as ‘Red Zinfandel’ is suspicious at best. )

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  14. Seawriter Contributor
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    thelonious:Kinda surprised Cognac drinkers have a below average voter turnout.

    I don’t mind since they are way liberal. Might even buy them another bottle if they don’t vote.

    Seawriter

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  15. Mendel Inactive
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    DocJay:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlR-I57nmr4

    Man, I miss that show. More laughs in 5 years than SNL has produced in 40.

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  16. Arahant Member
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    My beer is tea, black tea.

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  17. Arahant Member
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    DocJay:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlR-I57nmr4

    Oh. Dear. Me.

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  18. Ricochet Member
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    So where cider drinkers land on that chart?  Husband likes Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat, which was a KC microbrew.  It’s been purchased by a company from Germany, I think.  We like Barefoot wine, and the wine Olive Gardens carries.  Not much for the harder stuff, but working on that.  When I was much younger, my favorite drink  (one only—no more than that) was sloe gin & coke.  I like Mike’s hard lemonade, and the other variations of Mike’s.  I’ve voted conservative my entire life.

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  19. Max Ledoux Coolidge
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    Looks to me like there are a lot of drunk Democrats who don’t vote.

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  20. user_423975 Coolidge
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    @BrandonShafer

    Its kind of nice to see microbrews so close to the center.  They skew slightly liberal, but overall pretty central.  I also like that pretty much any whiskey skews republican.

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  21. Max Ledoux Coolidge
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    2015-03-27 19.36.15

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  22. user_423975 Coolidge
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    Although, I’m curious why Sauvignon Blanc should skew so Democrat.  I like Sauvignon Blanc.  But it looks like a small population by size of the bubble.

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  23. Misthiocracy Member
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    Brandon Shafer:I also like that pretty much any whiskey skews republican.

    I also note how clear liquors skew left and dark liquors skew right.

    That indicates to me that the left drinks to get drunk, and the right drinks to smell like a grandpa.

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  24. Misthiocracy Member
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    carcat74:So where cider drinkers land on that chart? Husband likes Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat, which was a KC microbrew. It’s been purchased by a company from Germany, I think. We like Barefoot wine, and the wine Olive Gardens carries. Not much for the harder stuff, but working on that. When I was much younger, my favorite drink (one only—no more than that) was sloe gin & coke. I like Mike’s hard lemonade, and the other variations of Mike’s. I’ve voted conservative my entire life.

    100% of people who drink a concoction brewed from Kool-Aid and bread yeast that I make in my basement vote for the Conservative Party of Canada.

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  25. Hartmann von Aue Member
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    Where are the Texas beers? Und wo sind die Deutschen? Da ist ja sehr wenig Internationales auf der Liste.

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  26. Arahant Member
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    Hartmann von Aue:Where are the Texas beers?

    I’d look for ’em in Texas liquor stores.

    Und wo sind die Deutschen? Da ist ja sehr wenig Internationales auf der Liste.

    It’s the Washington Post, man.

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  27. JimGoneWild Coolidge
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    Hey, where is White Wine Spritzer?

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  28. Arahant Member
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  29. Valiuth Inactive
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    Mendel:I wish social science data like this would also display either error bars or the statistical significance. Without that information, there’s no way of knowing whether these data points are predictive, or if there is no correlation between drink of choice and politics and these points are simply the averages of a very diverse range of responses.

    Doing this would require that “social science” actually be a real science, and then they could never publish anything for lack of sufficient evidence.

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  30. user_423975 Coolidge
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    Where’s the moonshine?

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