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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:31 PM

Survey Suggests That Republicans Flock to Olive Garden for the Very Best in "Ethnic" Dining


Public Policy Polling recently published the results of a study about how dining preferences are divided by political parties. From Feb. 21 to Feb. 24, some 500 Americans were interviewed via automated phone calls, and the findings were interesting.

For breakfast, 34 percent of Democrats prefer bagels and 32 percent enjoy croissants. As for Republicans, 35 percent enjoy donuts. 39 percent of Democrats chose KFC over Chick-fil-A, while 48 percent of Republicans preferred Chick Fil-A. Nearly half of the Democrat responders preferred "full calorie soda," and 42 percent of Republicans enjoy diet soda more.

The most interesting discovery of the entire survey regards what is considered "ethnic food." 43 percent of Republicans called Olive Garden a "quality source of authentic ethnic food," while 41 percent of Democrats disagreed.

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http://www.complex.com/city-guide/2013/02/survey-suggests-that-republicans-flocks-to-olive-garden-for-the-very-best-in-ethnic-dining

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Reply Survey Suggests That Republicans Flock to Olive Garden for the Very Best in "Ethnic" Dining (Original post)
name not needed Feb 2013 OP
southernyankeebelle Feb 2013 #1
Logical Feb 2013 #16
southernyankeebelle Feb 2013 #17
Jersey Devil Feb 2013 #27
southernyankeebelle Feb 2013 #32
KamaAina Feb 2013 #2
demosincebirth Feb 2013 #8
zbdent Feb 2013 #10
lunasun Feb 2013 #11
dsc Feb 2013 #3
tritsofme Feb 2013 #5
Quantess Feb 2013 #13
Bay Boy Feb 2013 #4
appleannie1 Feb 2013 #6
HangOnKids Feb 2013 #7
jmowreader Feb 2013 #9
lunasun Feb 2013 #12
LeftInTX Feb 2013 #14
Fawke Em Feb 2013 #33
virgogal Feb 2013 #15
jmowreader Feb 2013 #19
virgogal Feb 2013 #22
union_maid Feb 2013 #24
union_maid Feb 2013 #18
Ron Obvious Feb 2013 #21
union_maid Feb 2013 #25
zappaman Feb 2013 #20
DainBramaged Feb 2013 #23
BeyondGeography Feb 2013 #26
oberliner Feb 2013 #28
Ichingcarpenter Feb 2013 #29
jberryhill Feb 2013 #30
tularetom Feb 2013 #31
yellowcanine Feb 2013 #34

Response to name not needed (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:36 PM

1. As a Italian american Olive Garden food isn't authentic.

 

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:43 PM

16. Who cares, I love it. n-t

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Response to Logical (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:48 PM

17. Good for you. Your missing some great food. Olive Garden not so much. But hey it floats your

 

your boat and that is all that matters.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:58 AM

27. Olive Garden couldn't make it in north Jersey where there is real Italian food everywhere

The only one I know of in my area closed years ago and even when it was open I never thought of it as serving Italian food. I thought it was Greek.

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Response to Jersey Devil (Reply #27)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:04 AM

32. Funny I thought it was greek at first myself. Your right NYC or Jesery no way, no how.

 

Outside of Italy those 2 places were the best foods.

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Response to name not needed (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:39 PM

2. Repukes think Taco Hell is Mexican food

hell, they think that French fries are French. Remember "Freedom Fries"?

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:00 PM

8. Hey, I see many Mexican day laborers stop by the local Taco Bell for a quick bite every day. Must

not be too bad.

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:11 PM

10. It's quick ... and it's there.

like how many 'mericans do you see stopping in at McDonalds? Is that because the burgers are good?

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:18 PM

11. I see them same type of laborers at McD and Burger King

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Response to name not needed (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:41 PM

3. you brought us a wonderful example of piss poor journalism

http://gawker.com/5987018/according-to-a-new-survey-republicans-turn-to-olive-garden-for-quality-ethnic-food

And for opinions on exciting new cuisine? Republicans narrowly voted that Olive Garden is "a quality source of authentic ethnic food" (43% to 41%), Democrats narrowly disagreed (41% to 44%) - but just barely though.

That is from the original source. Now what should be apparent from this is that unless they interviewed a truly massive number of people, the MOE is larger than the margin between approval and disapproval for both groups. We literally have no earthly idea if the GOP actually finds Olive Garden authentic or not.

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Response to dsc (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:46 PM

5. My first thought as well.

Might have been a fun story to write, but the content has zero statistical relevance.

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Response to dsc (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:26 PM

13. Maybe the writer is a DUer, making an inside joke.

I agree with you, though. It brings down the entire article to a fluff-hit-piece.

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Response to name not needed (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:46 PM

4. So let's see what my party affiliation is...

Breakfast alternates between bacon and eggs and oatmeal.

I like KFC and the only time I was near a Chick-Fil-A it was a Sunday and it was closed.

I wouldn't put a 'full calorie soda' to my lips if you paid me.

The difference between Dems and Reps on whether Olive Garden is ethnic or not is slim.

But I for one can't think of any chain restaurant that could be considered 'ethnic'.

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Response to name not needed (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:47 PM

6. Olive Garden is NOT Italian food.

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Response to appleannie1 (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:49 PM

7. It's NOT Food Period! n/t

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Response to name not needed (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:04 PM

9. Olive Garden is a good place for Republicans to go

Conservatives don't like change. Very few of them have ever had Italian food at a family-run restaurant and fewer have been to Italy, so there's no frame of reference. Olive Garden ravioli tastes like OG ravioli whether it's Seattle or St. Petersburg, tomorrow or three years from now. So yeah, I can believe this.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:22 PM

12. and their parent corp,Darden is a corporate member of ALEC so makes sense

Darden Restaurants refused to advertise on the progressive Air America Radio.
They cater to pugs ala Chickfila

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:27 PM

14. If it's in the south, especially Texas, good Italian food is very very hard to find

I can't find any around here.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:10 AM

33. It's all over the place in Knoxville, TN

Tons of family-owned Greek, Italian and Middle Eastern restaurants in my mid-sized town.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:41 PM

15. Where on earth did you get the stats that say

that very few conservatives have been to Italy?

It makes no sense.

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Response to virgogal (Reply #15)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:18 PM

19. Foreign travel isn't something conservatives do

There are some...but there are far more who vacation at the same place every year.

It's not nice to call conservatism a mental disorder but there are certain things they do, and one of them is following routines extremely strictly. Conservatives have had the same haircut for fifty years. They wear the exact same shade of lipstick they wore at their weddings. They trade in their old car for one just like it.(For the life of me I can't figure out why a VW Bug is called a hippie wagen - there's so little difference between any two years you need to have studied How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive like holy writ to tell the difference.)

Foreign travel is a major culture shock - the countries that speak English also drive on the left and play football with round balls and no helmets. Most conservatives can't take it.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #19)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:30 PM

22. I'm in MA. The conservatives around here are Boston Brahmins or WASPS. They

are just like the people you described,old fashioned and thrifty, with one exception,they are very well traveled.

Maybe it's a regional thing.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:43 AM

24. There are conservative ways to do foreign travel

My in-laws did it. Of course, they were moderate conservatives even back in the days before the Republicans = John Birch society. They did their foreign travel with a tour company. They didn't have to deal with much culture shock that way, but I do wonder what they ate. They were definitely fans of bland.

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Response to name not needed (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:49 PM

18. What I don't understand about Olive Garden

is how it makes it on Long Island. There is a perfectly good, reasonably priced Italian restaurant in every strip mall. (I think it's a zoning requirement.) They were there long before there was an Olive Garden. How does Olive Garden make it here? It's coals to Newcastle, or so it seems to me. It's a puzzlement.

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Response to union_maid (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:20 PM

21. Same reason as Taco Bell in El Paso, I suppose.

For the same reason as Taco Bell being successful in El Paso, I suppose, though I couldn't explain it to you either.

Olive Garden tastes like microwaved Chef Boyardee with a sprig of parsley to me. Never again.

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #21)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:48 AM

25. Before we ever had Taco Bell a place opened up here

It was an independent place, but worked a lot like Taco bell. Difference was, it was really good. I'd never had a taco or burrito before and it was revelation. Then Taco Bell came in, that place went out of business and it was years before there was someplace good to get casual, fast Mexican food again.

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Response to name not needed (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:19 PM

20. I was in Italy last September and looked everywhere for an Olive Garden!

Never found it!
Italy sucks for food...

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Response to name not needed (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:31 PM

23. No matter what the polls say, being a Conservative is simply living a bland fucked up life

My first real encounter with true Conservatives was sitting around the table at a restaurant with my then girlfriend's family in 1970. She told them how I had taken her for bagels on Sunday morning (she had NEVER had bagels before). Her mother asked "what is a bagel. Her Dad answered "a Jew roll with a hole".

I swear to Dog.

I will never forget that. He worked for what was then ARCO. Chemicals division. A big wig. He did not like me one bit.


A few weeks later we broke up. I was an unwashed long-haired hippie, and he couldn't have his daughter going out with me.


I then realized what their side was all about. I haven't looked back since.


The part about the bagels woke my memories up. I hope she had a good life.

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Response to name not needed (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:51 AM

26. It a place where you wonder what color underwear the waitress is wearing

Or maybe she's wearing a thong.

(Will Ferrell, Old School, thinking he was in the trust tree in marriage counseling.)

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Response to name not needed (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:00 AM

28. Olive Garden bashing is getting annoying

There's nothing wrong with eating there. In some parts of the US, it is one of the few Italian restaurants around. And in others, it's just a relatively inexpensive and easy night out. Republicans should be criticized for a lot of things - but eating at Olive Garden is not one of them.

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Response to name not needed (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:03 AM

29. Asians also dig McDonald's fries




Don't know the story on the photo but found it amusing






The Olive Garden is the Chef Boyardee of italian cuisine but at 5 times the price

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #29)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:44 AM

30. Isn't Chef Boyardee French?

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Response to name not needed (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 08:12 AM

31. That's the goofiest set of numbers I've ever read

43 percent of republicans think Olive Garden is authentic ethnic food while 41% of Democrats disagree?

WTF does that even mean? 59% of Democrats agree with republicans that Olive Garden is authentic ethnic food? 57% of republicans think it isn't? Whoever did that poll is an idiot.

FWIW I'm a Democrat who thinks OG definitely is NOT authentic ethnic food. On the other hand it ain't terrible. The prices are reasonable, the food is OK and the service is usually pretty good. I'd go there long before I'd patronize a ptomaine tavern like Applebee's or Chili's.

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Response to name not needed (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:21 AM

34. Pubbies proly also think Taco Bell sells Mexican food.

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