Earlier this year we charted the alcoholic beverage preferences of voters, but new data from Scarborough Research is more beer specific. The chart above shows beer brand preferences among likely voters from both parties.
While it’s hard to draw generalities about the individual choice of voters, there were some interesting trends to draw from the visualization. Microbrews and Imports like skewed towards Democrats, while most light beers were favored by Republicans. America’s best selling beer (by volume), Bud Light, appears to unite drinkers right down the middle.
There weren’t many craft beers in the data, although California brewed Sierra Nevada skewed towards high-turnout Democrats, while Texas beer Shiner Bock appealed to average turnout Republicans. Overall imports like Heineken and Corona were favorites among Dems (albiet those with lower than average turnout) while domestic beers like Samuel Adams and Blue Moon appealed to high-turnout GOPs.
Bringing a whole new meaning to the candidate you “like to have a beer with”, President Obama buys a round of beers for Iowa State Fair attendees (out of his own pocket to boot). ”It’s ice-cold,” said Obama, amid cheers from the crowd cheering “Four more beers!”
The beer industry is politically active, both in campaign contributions and lobbying. The National Beer Wholesalers Association, an industry trade group, saw its political donations peak in 2010 at $3.4 million, almost all of it via PAC spending. The group favored Democrats in 2010 and 2008, after heavily favoring Republicans for the previous 8 election cycles.OpenSecrets.org, in their daily update of political spending. A-B InBev alone spent $3 million lobbying in 2011, although the company that makes Budweiser beer is no longer owned in the US…
Alcoholic Beverage preferences by poltical affiliation/leaning in the U.S. I didn’t see many craft beer options in the list for their poll, but it certainly brings a whole new aspect to the candidate you most want to have a drink with: their beverage of choice.
Today this beer blog stands in solidarity by protesting SOPA, PIPA, and any legislation which tries to censor the web. Cheers to everyone who is helping out by raising awareness and contacting their representatives!
In the last year, censorship has become a bigger issue in the beer community as well, as brewers are increasingly not allowed to sell beers under names of their choosing, in certain states and countries. A few of the beer brands currently facing censorship:
We think brewers deserve the right to name, brand, and package beverages however they express their creativity through making tasty beers, especially for a product which is already highly regulated in its distribution to an adult audience. Just like adults (of age) are allowed to choose (or not) a beer of their liking through their own purchase decisions…
It’s been said that people often vote for the candidate they would want to share a beer with, and the same might be true in Iowa during the caucuses, where alcohol isn’t explicitly prohibited (but generally frowned upon) during the voting process. Here’s a clip of Rick Santorum drinking beer in Iowa, trying a “dark wheat beer” for the first time at a local brewer, affirming that all politics (and beer) is local.
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