Today (30th July), an item was posted on the One Green Planet web-site titled ‘New Gallup Poll reveals 5 percent American are vegetarians’.
‘… A Gallup poll on vegetarianism and veganism has brought forth interesting information on plant-based eating of the United States. While the poll gives some insight, it did fail in certain ways to accurately display a lot of aspects in the community and movement as a whole.
The poll shows a limited change in the overall number of vegetarians with a percentage of 5%, only one percent down from the polls taken in 2001 and 1999. However, there was no given definition of vegetarianism used for the poll. While I appreciate the time they’ve put into conducting the poll, it’s quite possible that varying ideas on vegetarianism probably affected the results.
The most interesting part of the poll is the distribution of vegetarians among various demographics. Even though the common image of herbivores is hippies, liberals and occupy-types, the 5% of conservatives that are vegetarian was only slightly lower than the 7% of liberals. So apparently health is important to all of us, regardless of political affiliation — Go figure!
Education also plays a role in the numbers, but in ways that are difficult to interpret. Those that had either some college-education or high school or lower were at 6%, not far from the 5% of post-grads. College grads were considerably lower at 3%.
The real discrepancy came from marital status. Single people tend to be considerably more likely to be vegetarian at 8% than those who are married (3%). 2% of those surveyed identified themselves as vegan, although, once again, there was no definition given.
For more statistics and trends on plant-based eating, read this article …’
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