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. Ricochet Coolidge
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    @Manny

    It’s spot on for me.  Of the beverages listed I prefer Blue Moon for beer, Cabernet for red wine, and Scotch for whiskey.  Great chart, though I would have thought Sam Adams would be on the Liberal side.  I believe they are supporters of Planned Parenthood.

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  2. Max Ledoux Coolidge
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    @Max

    Manny:It’s spot on for me. Of the beverages listed I prefer Blue Moon for beer, Cabernet for red wine, and Scotch for whiskey. Great chart, though I would have thought Sam Adams would be on the Liberal side. I believe they are supporters of Planned Parenthood.

    Sigh.

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  3. Ryan M Member
    Ryan M
    @RyanM

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

    It wasn’t taking into account the 100% voter turnout of malt liquor drinkers for Obama.  That won’t be the same this next cycle.

    And yes, you can also kind of see the racial/socioeconomic breakdown on that chart, even though it’s not highlighted.

    p.s. I don’t like being labeled a democrat for my love of microbrews.  At least I’ve got scotch, bourbon, and most red wines.

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  4. Ryan M Member
    Ryan M
    @RyanM

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

    German Alt beers are a favorite of mine.  Have never brewed one I like, though.

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  5. Hartmann von Aue Member
    Hartmann von Aue
    @HartmannvonAue

    Arahant:

    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.

    And? Tecate, Stella Artois and Heineken made the list. But, yes, it’s a limited sample. We should do an in-house sample to check the break-down among sub-types of conservatives.

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  6. Mendel Inactive
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    @Mendel

    Hartmann von Aue:

    And? Tecate, Stella Artois and Heineken made the list. But, yes, it’s a limited sample. We should do an in-house sample to check the break-down among sub-types of conservatives.

    Andechs über alles!

    But seriously, imported European beers lose so much of their flavor on the trip across the ocean that I would hope conservatives would have enough of a sense of value to not consume them too regularly at such high prices.

    And I’m not a huge fan of “German” beers brewed on this side of the pond – it’s a nice idea, but the characteristics of the water used are so crucial to brewing that it’s nearly impossible to retain a flavor using a much different source.

    But man, do I miss Andechs. And a Jever every now and then for contrast.

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  7. Ricochet Member
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    @carcat74

    So you drink THE Kool-aid! #24

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  8. user_129539 Member
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    @BrianClendinen

    I don’t drink, so were is my special interest groups voting behavior?

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  9. user_653084 Inactive
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    @SalvatorePadula

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

    The two are not mutually exclusive.

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  10. Ricochet Coolidge
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    @Manny

    Brandon Shafer

    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

    Hmm, I tend to associate white wine drinkers with Liberals, but then again I’m a committed red wine drinker.  What I can’t understand is why cognac is so far left.  Though not my favorite, but I do like cognac.

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  11. Ricochet Member
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    @MattBalzer

    Manny:

    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

    Hmm, I tend to associate white wine drinkers with Liberals, but then again I’m a committed red wine drinker. What I can’t understand is why cognac is so far left. Though not my favorite, but I do like cognac.

    My guess is it’s influenced by rap music and similar cultural associations.

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  12. Ricochet Member
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    @MattBalzer

    Brandon Shafer: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.

    Yeah, although the actual microbrewers tend to be much more liberal in my experience, at least the ones in Wisconsin.

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  13. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Matt Balzer:

    Brandon Shafer: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.

    Yeah, although the actual microbrewers tend to be much more liberal in my experience, at least the ones in Wisconsin.

    Is there also a correlation between Wisconsin microbrewers and “20-somethings who received their seed money from wealthy parents”?

    ;-)

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  14. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Matt Balzer:

    Manny:

    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

    Hmm, I tend to associate white wine drinkers with Liberals, but then again I’m a committed red wine drinker. What I can’t understand is why cognac is so far left. Though not my favorite, but I do like cognac.

    My guess is it’s influenced by rap music and similar cultural associations.

    It’s French.

    ’nuff said.

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  15. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    Salvatore Padula:Misthiocracy: “That indicates to me that the left drinks to get drunk, and the right drinks to smell like a grandpa.”

    The two are not mutually exclusive.

    Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XepXmESQ4k

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  16. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    carcat74:So you drink THE Kool-aid! #24

    I am so sick of the Kool-Aid Blood Libel.

    The Jonestown folk drank poisoned Flavor-Aid, not Kool-Aid. FLAVOR-AID!

    There is nothing wrong with Kool-Aid. It’s a delightful beverage.

    I probably shoulda posted this in the Pet Peeves thread.

    ;-)

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  17. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Brian Clendinen:I don’t drink, so were is my special interest groups voting behavior?

    Holmes County, Ohio?

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  18. Ricochet Member
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    @MattBalzer

    Misthiocracy:

    Matt Balzer:

    Brandon Shafer: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.

    Yeah, although the actual microbrewers tend to be much more liberal in my experience, at least the ones in Wisconsin.

    Is there also a correlation between Wisconsin microbrewers and “20-somethings who received their seed money from wealthy parents”?

    ;-)

    Since I don’t fall in either of those groups, I couldn’t say. From what I can tell about the age demographic, it’s mostly “ex-hippies who realized that protesting wasn’t a viable life choice anymore”.

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  19. Ricochet Thatcher
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    @VicrylContessa

    Pretty close! Scotch and merlot (or Malbec) for me.

    As for the malt liquor…

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  20. user_653084 Inactive
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    @SalvatorePadula

    Cognac is far left because it has gained a great deal of popularity among hip-hop culture.

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  21. user_653084 Inactive
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    @SalvatorePadula

    Mis- While I generally am loathe to dispute anything Ron Swanson says, I am confident he made that statement without ever trying homemade grappa. My cousin bottles his at 170 proof.

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  22. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    Salvatore Padula:Mis- WhileI generally am loathe to dispute anything Ron Swanson says, I am confident he made that statement without ever trying homemade grappa. My cousin bottles his at 170 proof.

    Booze made from silage?

    I’m confident that Ron would not approve.

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  23. Ricochet Member
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    @carcat74

    Misthiocracy:

    carcat74:So you drink THE Kool-aid! #24

    I am so sick of the Kool-Aid Blood Libel.

    The Jonestown folk drank poisoned Flavor-Aid, not Kool-Aid. FLAVOR-AID!

    There is nothing wrong with Kool-Aid. It’s a delightful beverage.

    I probably shoulda posted this in the Pet Peeves thread.

    ;-)

    I said THE Kool-aid, a special brew for those with ‘ahem’ discriminating tastes.  Black Cherry is my favorite.

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  24. user_631939 Thatcher
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    @JeffWylie

    Firmly in the Samuel Adams camp.

    • #54
  25. Badderbrau Member
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    @EKentGolding

    If you go to  Larger Scale — Conservatives Drink Alcohol and Smoke Tobacco.

    Liberals Huff Paint and Smoke Marijuana.    Moderates  Huff Alcohol, Drink Paint,  and don’t Smoke because Smoking is unhealthy.

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  26. Umbra Fractus Inactive
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    @UmbraFractus

    I’m a Dos Equis drinker, and I’ve never voted Democrat in my life!

    I also notice that once again Irish whiskey gets ignored, though whisk(e)y in general seems to skew red.

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  27. Hartmann von Aue Member
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    @HartmannvonAue

    Mendel:

    Hartmann von Aue:

    And? Tecate, Stella Artois and Heineken made the list. But, yes, it’s a limited sample. We should do an in-house sample to check the break-down among sub-types of conservatives.

    Andechs über alles!

    But seriously, imported European beers lose so much of their flavor on the trip across the ocean that I would hope conservatives would have enough of a sense of value to not consume them too regularly at such high prices.

    And I’m not a huge fan of “German” beers brewed on this side of the pond – it’s a nice idea, but the characteristics of the water used are so crucial to brewing that it’s nearly impossible to retain a flavor using a much different source.

    But man, do I miss Andechs. And a Jever every now and then for contrast.

    Ja, it’s hard to get good German Bier hier. Paulaner and Franziskaner make it well enough. Jever is a remarkably good Pils.  Which raises another question for you: Have you seen domestic micro-brews pushing imports off of shelves in your region? That’s been the trend here in central Texas.

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  28. Z in MT Member
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    @ZinMT

    I like that Coors Original and Canadian Whiskey skews the farthest Republican. My dad would be proud.

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  29. Ricochet Inactive
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    @CalvinCoolidg

    Where’s  Meister Brau on the index? You just left out the entire state of Wisconsin and every trailer park in America.

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  30. Ricochet Coolidge
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    @Manny

    Salvatore Padula:Cognac is far left because it has gained a great deal of popularity among hip-hop culture.

    I didn’t know that.

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