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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Where you eat, shop reveals political leanings

Have you been trying to figure out the political leanings of your friend, coworker or significant other who refuses to talk to you about them? Looking at where they eat or shop can reveal the truth.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a person's political beliefs can correlate with where they get their food.

The survey assigns liberal and conservative scores to different establishments based on their customers' political preferences. A 100 is average, a 120 is 20% more liberal or conservative than average, 80 is 20% less than average, and so on. Some places, like Burger King, have liberal and conservative indexes that are both below average because they attract more independents.

It turns out that the most liberal people eat at places like Chipotle, California Pizza Kitchen and P.F. Chang's and shop at stores like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.

Conservatives tend to eat at restaurants like Cracker Barrel, Whataburger and Chick-fil-A and shop at stores like Fry's and Walmart.

The results were imperfect, however, as some chains have locations in more conservative or liberal areas of America.

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Open and honest on the air, Bruce is deeply passionate about local and national issues affecting our community. Pamela brings a heavy news perspective while discussing the days most important topics.

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