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Ecol Food Nutr. 2019 Nov-Dec;58(6):548-559. doi: 10.1080/03670244.2019.1641801. Epub 2019 Jul 15.

Where the Rubber Meats the Road: Relationships between Vegetarianism and Socio-political Attitudes and Voting Behavior.

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Institute of Psychology, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poznań, Poland.
Department of Psychological Sciences, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA.


Previous research has found that omnivores are more hierarchical and more authoritarian than vegetarians. To examine if such differences extend to political behavior a sample of American undergraduates (N = 1211) described their diets, endorsement of social policies, political orientation, and voting behavior. Consistent with previous research, we found that compared to vegetarians and semi-vegetarians, omnivores favored conservative policies more strongly and liberal polices less strongly, identified more closely with the Republican party and less closely with the Democratic party, were less liberal, approved of Donald Trump's performance more, and were more likely to have voted for Trump.


Trump; Vegetarianism; conservatism; liberalism; voting behavior

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