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(ABC News)   Do you like Dunkin' Donuts and Subway? You're probably Republican, a new study shows. Meanwhile, Democrats prefer superior franchises like Starbucks and Wendy's   (abcnews.go.com ) divider line
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2012-06-23 01:09:48 PM  
I'm a Starbucks/Papa Ginos man
 
2012-06-23 01:26:09 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: Quizno's is much better than Subway.


Quiznothingbutbread's? Yeah. no. Not even after their "new and improved menu" do they come close.
 
2012-06-23 01:30:58 PM  
Don't like coffee, and it's hard to eat at chains when you are a vegetarian, but I'll absolutely murder a bean and cheese taco from Taco Cabana or a veggie burrito from Freebirds. Yum!!
 
2012-06-23 01:35:40 PM  

ArtosRC: FeedTheCollapse: Quizno's is much better than Subway.

Quiznothingbutbread's? Yeah. no. Not even after their "new and improved menu" do they come close.


Subway's not bad, but quite a bit of it is microwaved crap. Quizno's can be a bit greasy, though and Subway is probably healthier for you. In terms of taste though, it's no contest.
 
2012-06-23 01:35:56 PM  
Donuts are bad for you, but delicious.
 
2012-06-23 01:38:05 PM  
Can I just butt in and say this is a really stupid article? Especially this part:

Subway, where you choose every aspect of your sandwich, was the chain of choice for Republicans, a party whose platform revolves around individual freedom.

Democrats, on the other hand, favored Wendy's, which Singer said can be seen as more democratic because they offer pre-fixed solutions to your hunger. It's as if Wendy's is saying, "We've got these answers and you pick which is best for you," Singer said.


How is that democratic? And since when does the Republican Party revolve around individual freedom?
 
2012-06-23 01:38:49 PM  

xanadian: Aarontology: That seems odd. Dunkin Donuts are for the most party in very blue states and cities.

People joke that Starbucks are on every street corner, but if you go to the northeast, Especially southern New England, that's what Dunkin Donuts are like.

There was this place in Bahstan...or in the suburbs? Well, it was on Rte 9 (can't remember the street name) where there were 2 Dunkin Donuts within 50' of each other. It was just like NE 15th St in Seattle, where they had 2 Starbucks within 50' of each other.

Crazy.


Apropos of little, Bostonians don't say "Bahstan." The O vowel in Boston is darker, not brighter (more like British pronunciation). "Bahstan" sounds like a Midwestern thing.
 
2012-06-23 01:43:20 PM  

King Something:
I like my coffee... y'know, coffee-flavored?

/no milk
//no sugar
///no cream
////no NOTHIN'!
\it's SUPPOSED to look and taste like used motor oil -- why the hell do you think that that's what the Army uses?


I always took my coffee black until my military stint. While there I had to choke down the stuff with both cream and sugar.
 
2012-06-23 01:48:57 PM  
I'm addicted to this coffee right now. http://www.communitycoffee.com/product/Gourmet-Coffee/Seasonal-Coffee / 12oz-Ground-Carnivale-Cake

Better than Dunkin and Starbucks.
 
2012-06-23 01:51:22 PM  
Dems prefer Wii while Republicans prefer 360?

I call bullshiat.
 
2012-06-23 01:52:39 PM  
All I know about Dunkin Donut's is that their breakfast sandwiches are some of the greasiest creations known to man. I could literally feel my stomach slow down trying to process all of that grease.

Then again, it was a Dunkin Donuts at the airport so maybe I just picked a really bad one.
 
2012-06-23 01:55:11 PM  
For a plain doughnut a fresh Krispy Kreme is the best. However, for a frosted or filled doughnut Dunkin' is superior.
 
2012-06-23 01:58:25 PM  

ciderczar: Ringshadow: ..what if I'm a liberal and I like Dunkin Donuts AND Starbucks?

/I don't eat fast food reallly

Vote Prohibition Party. All the fun of strict religious moralism with the benefits of taking away yummy stuff for "safety".


Oddly enough I am entirely anti prohibition. My choices don't have to be someone else's.

Now when you start hurting other people with your choices, I get annoyed.
 
2012-06-23 01:59:33 PM  
"Liberals" would like starbucks, since it fits with the wishy-washy neo-progressive bullshiat that young "liberals" like to project.

Old-school leftists drink at the local coffeehouse, kids.

/also, Krispy Kreme FTW
/also, this Krispy Kreme FTW
 
2012-06-23 01:59:39 PM  
Cue Conservative outrage at the liberal elitist (pro-life supporting) fast food chain...

MadUncleEoin: I like Subway and Wendy's, but don't care for donuts or coffee. I'm a freak.


...Green Party??
 
2012-06-23 02:05:12 PM  
I'm a left-leaning moderate (ultra-liberal by GOP standards) and my favorite fast-food place is Chick-Fil-A. Which is run by some of the most conservative people in the fast food business.

If that's not dividing by zero, I don't know what is.
 
2012-06-23 02:12:38 PM  

MadUncleEoin: I like Subway and Wendy's, but don't care for donuts or coffee. I'm a freak.


Gimme Quiznos, Burger King and any decent cup o' joe I can find.

/Bavarian Creme however? Mmmmmmmmmmmm.
 
2012-06-23 02:13:49 PM  

DarwiOdrade: How can the hippies afford Starbucks without jobs? That shiat's expensive!


Overpriced coffee is overpriced.
 
2012-06-23 02:13:51 PM  

Mrtraveler01: I'm a left-leaning moderate (ultra-liberal by GOP standards) and my favorite fast-food place is Chick-Fil-A. Which is run by some of the most conservative people in the fast food business.

If that's not dividing by zero, I don't know what is.


I've heard that about them.. though the only time I've had Chick-Fil-A, was at the West County food court, when I had a seasonal job at Harry & David a few years back. Very tasty, though.
 
2012-06-23 02:17:29 PM  

ArtosRC: FeedTheCollapse: Quizno's is much better than Subway.

Quiznothingbutbread's? Yeah. no. Not even after their "new and improved menu" do they come close.


Really? Not sure which Quizno's you go to, but the ones I've gone to have been nothing but awesome, toasted, tasty goodness.

The Subway's I've gone to? Mayo on soggy white bread, delish.
 
2012-06-23 02:19:36 PM  
I like Dunkin' Donuts for the coffee and Wendy's for the burgers, which is why I eschewed the two-party dichotomy and became a libertarian.

I also blame Starbucks for global warming; how much fossil fuel do they waste every year by burning their beans instead of simply roasting them? Answer: a lot.
 
2012-06-23 02:22:51 PM  

Alphax: Mrtraveler01: I'm a left-leaning moderate (ultra-liberal by GOP standards) and my favorite fast-food place is Chick-Fil-A. Which is run by some of the most conservative people in the fast food business.

If that's not dividing by zero, I don't know what is.

I've heard that about them.. though the only time I've had Chick-Fil-A, was at the West County food court, when I had a seasonal job at Harry & David a few years back. Very tasty, though.


They were only in mall food courts in St. Louis in the past but now they're building some standalone locations out here in St. Charles and Chesterfield.

And I will say, Chick-Fil-A has some of the most efficient drive-thru's I've ever seen.
 
2012-06-23 02:22:55 PM  
F*ck Starbucks....f*ck it in the ear.

/Not because of teh libs.
//Because of the Howard Schultz.
 
2012-06-23 02:23:39 PM  

Rwa2play: The Subway's I've gone to? Mayo on soggy white bread, delish.


Well...you don't HAVE to choose the white bread.
 
2012-06-23 02:25:22 PM  
I must be a closet lib since I own the following:

Jeep Wrangler
Policy with Progressive Insurance
Sony TV
Wii

....and I love the NFL.
 
2012-06-23 02:27:46 PM  

The_Sponge: F*ck Starbucks....f*ck it in the ear.

/Not because of teh libs.
//Because of the Howard Schultz.


Can't argue with that. That whole debacle was more Schultz's fault than it was Bennett's.
 
2012-06-23 02:31:22 PM  

GAT_00: Chipotle = overrated. It's no better than any of the other and worse than Moe's.


Is it possible to be more wrong?

I actually enjoy Moe's but Chipotle is superior in every way except that they charge you for chips.
 
2012-06-23 02:33:16 PM  

phaseolus: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Dunkin' Donuts lays waste to all it surveys. Starbucks is good, but overpriced and far too twee and hipster.

Subway is utter garbage. One slice of meat on a wad of mushy bun. I'd rather roll the dice on a local sandwich shop I've never tried than give up and go to Subway.

I think Starbuck's might have been sort of follow-the-herd hipster 20 years ago, a middlebrow place for people to pretend they're stylish, but now I think it's more soccer mom than hipster.


I'd go so far as to say that you know somebody most definitely is NOT a hipster if their main coffee vendor is Starbucks. If your coffee shop has a drive-thru and a bunch of SUVs in the parking lot, it's not hipster.
 
2012-06-23 02:40:04 PM  

clkeagle: HeartBurnKid: Aarontology: That seems odd. Dunkin Donuts are for the most party in very blue states and cities.

People joke that Starbucks are on every street corner, but if you go to the northeast, Especially southern New England, that's what Dunkin Donuts are like.

Yeah, but Republicans do nothing but biatch about how horrible and elitist and librul Starbucks is, and make a point of going to Dunkin Donuts instead. I think that in itself causes a skew.

/no Dunkin in my area
//not a fan of Starbucks -- their roasts are way too dark, they taste burnt
///usually go to a local shop called Farley's

Which is funny in itself. Starbucks is a huge corporation that has destroyed hundreds of small local businesses. You'd think Republicans would give them a medal instead of the cold shoulder...


That's because they hire and employ Americans. If they would just outsource the jobs then the Repubs would love them.
 
2012-06-23 02:41:22 PM  

rebelyell2006: Sock Ruh Tease: I'm surprised they both agree on Coca-Cola. I thought Democrats would prefer the baby-licious taste of Pepsi.

No love for Dr. Pepper or Big Red, or are those the drinks of the Libertarians?


I certainly hope not; those two I drink nearly exclusively.
 
2012-06-23 02:46:08 PM  

Independent as Fark: Can I just butt in and say this is a really stupid article? Especially this part:

Subway, where you choose every aspect of your sandwich, was the chain of choice for Republicans, a party whose platform revolves around individual freedom.

Democrats, on the other hand, favored Wendy's, which Singer said can be seen as more democratic because they offer pre-fixed solutions to your hunger. It's as if Wendy's is saying, "We've got these answers and you pick which is best for you," Singer said.

How is that democratic? And since when does the Republican Party revolve around individual freedom?


And now I'm glad I skipped the article and just looked at the infographic.

Seriously, that's so dumb it makes my head hurt.
 
2012-06-23 02:49:52 PM  

Mrtraveler01: I'm a left-leaning moderate (ultra-liberal by GOP standards) and my favorite fast-food place is Chick-Fil-A. Which is run by some of the most conservative people in the fast food business.

If that's not dividing by zero, I don't know what is.


Pfft, look at it this way: the more time fundies spend dropping chicken and waffle fries into deep fryers, the less time they have to prostilitize and make the rest of us miserable
 
2012-06-23 03:14:01 PM  

GAT_00: Counter_Intelligent: Go Chipotle's.

Chipotle = overrated. It's no better than any of the other and worse than Moe's.

King Something: I like my coffee... y'know, coffee-flavored?

Meh, I like my coffee with french vanilla and sugar, but the base matters. You can't taste anything over the base of Starbucks.


Ha. No. I've been to Moe's. Moe's is teabagger-grade garbage.
 
2012-06-23 03:17:00 PM  

mat catastrophe: "Liberals" would like starbucks, since it fits with the wishy-washy neo-progressive bullshiat that young "liberals" like to project.

Old-school leftists drink at the local coffeehouse, kids.


I second what this fine gentleman has declared.
Choosing Local/Independent/Co-Op/Small Business or DIY is very lefty liberal.
 
2012-06-23 03:23:40 PM  
I'm a filthy lib and I like Yum Yum Donuts (a small suburban Philly chain) and would like Wendy's better if they would stop putting mayo on their burgers when I ask them not to.
 
2012-06-23 03:32:23 PM  

penthesilea: mat catastrophe: "Liberals" would like starbucks, since it fits with the wishy-washy neo-progressive bullshiat that young "liberals" like to project.

Old-school leftists drink at the local coffeehouse, kids.


I second what this fine gentleman has declared.
Choosing Local/Independent/Co-Op/Small Business or DIY is very lefty liberal.


I've been called many things, but "fine gentlemen" is not one of them!
 
2012-06-23 03:33:04 PM  

LibertyHiller: I'm an In-N-Out fan who doesn't drink coffee and prefers cupcakes to doughnuts. Yes, I'm weird; the line to tell me that begins over there.


We should get together for a snack sometime.
 
2012-06-23 03:38:01 PM  

Aarontology: That seems odd. Dunkin Donuts are for the most party in very blue states and cities.

People joke that Starbucks are on every street corner, but if you go to the northeast, Especially southern New England, that's what Dunkin Donuts are like.


No kidding. I used to live in Providence.

Starbucks:
i45.tinypic.com


Dunkin' Donuts:
i50.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-23 03:39:06 PM  
So...what if I prefer Krsipy Kreme and Tim Horton's to Dunkin' Donuts, and like Wendy's more than Subway, but buy Subway more often because $5 footlongs make for a good lunch and supper when I'm working a 14 hour shift?
 
2012-06-23 03:48:29 PM  

IvanTheSilent: So...what if I prefer Krsipy Kreme and Tim Horton's to Dunkin' Donuts, and like Wendy's more than Subway, but buy Subway more often because $5 footlongs make for a good lunch and supper when I'm working a 14 hour shift?


You're obviously some kind of anarchist.
 
2012-06-23 03:49:40 PM  
I like Starbucks and Subway, am indifferent to Dunkin' Donuts, and have never actually eaten at Wendy's. What the hell am I?
 
2012-06-23 03:50:22 PM  

optional: I like Starbucks and Subway, am indifferent to Dunkin' Donuts, and have never actually eaten at Wendy's. What the hell am I?


A Fark Independent(tm)
 
2012-06-23 03:51:00 PM  
Where exactly do fans of Timbits and a double double sit on the ideological chart?

/Came for the savvy political discussion
//Left desiring cupcakes in the worst way.
///Thanks Fark!/snark>
 
2012-06-23 03:51:56 PM  

LoneWolf343: optional: I like Starbucks and Subway, am indifferent to Dunkin' Donuts, and have never actually eaten at Wendy's. What the hell am I?

A Fark Independent(tm)


Nah, a Fark Independent™ says he has no preference at all, but only ever seems to eat at Subway and Dunkin Donuts.
 
2012-06-23 04:03:17 PM  
Any good Marxist can tell you that the economic infrastructure determines the cultural and political superstructure rather than vice versa, if you can find one.

Subway offers you choice: a choice of processed cheese slices, a choice of processed meats, a choice of hyper-fattening sauces and condiments. An upper middle class liberal would sooner be caught farking the cat than eating processed industrial products. Since all industrial products taste exactly alike whether they are cheese, meat, greenhouse or desert grown watery under ripe tomatoes and iceberg lettuce, etc., they do not frighten Republicans and Conservatives who are unused to distinctive and sharp differences of texture, color and flavor in food, people, or ideas.

Starbucks are urban, downtown, hip, snobbish. Starbucks do not have parking lots; Dunkin Donuts are attached to parking lots in the suburbs or on commercial strips near the highway off ramp. If you are too fat to walk for 5-10 minutes, you are not headed for a Starbucks. You are headed for a Dunkin Donuts. Note the spelling. Tea Party spelling, commerical spelling, same business.

The big super-corporations provide uniform, cheap, commodified products that everybody uses or at least everybody who isn't poor or eccentric. Everybody drinks Coke or something very like, everybody has a credit card (except the poor or the eccentric), everybody has insurance (ditto).

In brief, the economic source and quantity of income determines housing, transportation and other decisions, which in turn inform political beliefs and choices.

Jeeps are a practical alternative to vans (which are working class) and SUVS which are road- and gas-hogs and thus a natural choice for blowhards, bullies, and Republicans of all stripes. They allow the upper middle classes to go off-road a bit, hiking or rallying against something, and they have plenty of room for picket signs and giant papier-maché caracatures of unloved politicians.

BMWs are made by former fascists for current crypto-fascists. They aren't the cars that the rich would drive nor are the cars that masses would drive. They are the equivalent of Richard Nixon's good Republican cloth coat--too expensive for the working classes, not posh or flash enough for the trust fund liberals or the urban and youth brand market.
 
2012-06-23 04:06:01 PM  
I can't remember the last time I got anything from most of the places TFA mentions, but I did have a Coke today (which is in both) -- a Coke imported from Mexico made with real sugar......

If I was going to buy coffee somewhere, it'd probably be one of the local independent shops.
 
2012-06-23 04:07:15 PM  
Wendy's is by far the best of the major national burger chains in the US.

Subway is f*cking awful. Can someone explain to me what that disgusting smell is that emanates from every location? Is it their bread? It smells like a dirty sweat sock filled with brown sugar.
 
2012-06-23 04:14:53 PM  

rebelyell2006: I guess it would be fitting for Republicans to enjoy the History Channel, since neither have a grasp on actual history.


All I've ever seen on the History channel is old John Wayne movies, other cowboy movies, and other war movies. I hear they are doing a lot of New Age crapola about aliens and stuff now, as well but I don't surf the TV very much any more. I'm at my keyboard watching movies and TV shows on my bigger monitor and hardly turn the TV on. A lot of money wasted on cable packages so I can watch a couple of cartoons and a bit of news, maybe the occasional sitcom.

I've seen the kind of people who boast about watching the History Channel (while pretending they don't watch much else). Republicans and Tories all right. Same people who boast about choosing their wine for a low sugar rating. Not terribly sophisticated middle class people who want to think they are smarter and better informed and so forth.

They send back the wine in restaurants to impress their date (usually not their wife) or expense account dinner guests and the waiter returns the bottle dutifully, perhaps after decanting it into another bottle, and they approve it.

Everybody hates the middle classes. Especially the middle classes. (You can read that in Mitch Hedberg or Steven Wright's voice. Any comic will do, though, even Roseanne or George Carlin.)
 
2012-06-23 04:24:28 PM  

Hagbardr: I'm a filthy lib and I like Yum Yum Donuts (a small suburban Philly chain) and would like Wendy's better if they would stop putting mayo on their burgers when I ask them not to.


That's not mayo.
 
2012-06-23 04:24:58 PM  
Unless you're going for the frou-frou coffee drinks, Dunkin Donuts regular coffee tastes better than Starbucks regular coffee. Starbucks even tried to fix it with their Pike Place blend, which is just an attempt to mimic Dunkin Donuts coffee.

As for Wendy's vs. Subway - ugh, I don't like either one of them. Wendy's burgers are too greasy, and I don't care for Subway's lunch meat.
 
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