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Campaign 2012

What Your Beer Says About Your Politics


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Drinking a lot of Sam Adams doesn't just make you inebriated and slightly bloated. According to Scarborough Research data, it also likely means you're a Republican. 

You may think that drinking beer is one of the few truly bipartisan acts of enjoyment Americans have left, but Scarborough Research paints a different picture. The beer you buy, and presumably then drink, can say a lot about what political party you lean toward and how likely you are to vote. Check below for what your favorite beer says about your politics.


(RELATED: How To Drink Nonpartisan)

Samuel Adams


Those who drink Sam Adams, the patriot of beers, are more likely to vote Republican. They're also more likely to vote than those who drink, say, Natural Light. As researchers Mike Shannon and Will Feltus note, the Sam Adams brewery is just a few miles away from Romney campaign headquarters. So it could be that staffers are skewing the sample.


Heineken fans are more likely to be Democrats than any other beer drinkers. But they aren't a particularly strong voting block. Heineken drinkers turn out at the polls to vote at relatively low levels.


Bud Light

Bud Light drinkers may be legion, but they don't have any particular political allegiance. Maybe they're one of the last nonpartisan consumer groups left. But don't target these guys as swing voters: They tend not to turn out.

Miller High Life

Those who drink "The Champagne of Beer" also don't have much of a political slant, and they vote less than most other beer drinkers. But they do turn out at a slightly higher rate than those who drink Bud Light.


Budweiser drinkers skew further toward Democrats than Bud Light drinkers, but they vote at an almost identical rate as their Bud Light brethren, which is to say, they are slow to exercise their constitutional prerogative.


Make of this what you will: The voters who skew most Democratic while maintaining a high level of turnout drink Molson. The Canadian beer. Voter fraud conspiracy? We'll draw no conclusions.

Dos Equis

"The Most Interesting Man in the World" may have hosted a fundraiser for President Obama, but Dos Equis drinkers are much more nonpartisan. As researchers Shannon and Feltus found, this doesn't please some of his fans.

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