Voter preference could depend on dining habits

Posted at 10:26 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 01:08:08-05

DENVER -- With red states and blue states, where you live can be a pretty good indication of how you may vote.

But where you eat could also be a good indicator.

Dave Wasserman is a political analyst who swears by the Cracker Barrel/Whole Food theory.

He estimates Donald Trump won 76 percent of counties with a Cracker Barrel, and 22 percent of counties with a Whole Foods.

That’s a 54 percent gap.

Cracker Barrels typically tend to be in more rural areas along the interstate.

While whole Foods tend to be in more urban, sometimes affluent areas.

Wasserman’s theory shows this gap is getting wider every election.

Katirena Bosetti dined at a Cracker Barrel the day after the election and is pretty happy with Tuesday’s outcome.

“He’s going to do something with our healthcare I think, and that’s going to be good. And I think he’s going to create more jobs, and I think he’s going to make things a lot better for us,” said Bosetti.

On the other end of the spectrum Emily Hiltz, a Whole Foods shopper, isn’t so happy.

“Climate change, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, the list goes on and on. To me, she was without doubt the most qualified,” said Hiltz.

So what does all of this prove?

According to exit polls Trumps win was fueled in part by a strong turnout in rural areas where there are more Cracker Barrels, and Clinton didn’t perform as well in urban areas where she was counting on a strong turnout. 


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