Timely Poll Shows Most People Eat Meat

Cindy Zimmerman

The environmental and health effects of livestock production and meat can be debated, but one fact is for sure – most people like to eat it.

A brand new Gallup Poll finds that only 5% of people in the United States consider themselves vegetarians – and only 2% say they are vegans who eat no animal products. According to Gallup:

Vegetarianism in the U.S. remains quite uncommon and a lifestyle that is neither growing nor waning in popularity. The 5% of the adult population who consider themselves to be vegetarians is no larger than it was in previous Gallup surveys conducted in 1999 and 2001. The incidence of veganism is even smaller, at a scant 2% of the adult population.

We get lots of vegetarian comments whenever we do stories like the one this week about USDA and Meatless Mondays. They tend to make claims about environmental and human health impacts that they call facts but are not necessarily true. This is a fact: People like meat. Thank God we live in a free country where people can choose to be vegetarians for whatever reason they want to be, but the problem is trying to force that diet down the throats of the rest of us, which is what the radical fringe of that 5% would like to do. Many of them would like nothing better than to shut down animal agriculture for good, and that makes it an agenda.

So, for the 95% of us who love our meat – let’s have some steak tonight to celebrate our freedom to do so!

Animal Activists, Beef, Livestock

Comments 6

  1. Actually wasn’t that a plus or minus 6% poll? It certainly can’t be minus or there wouldn’t be the expansion of so many “meatless” meals… No – I’m thinking it must be the other way. Besides if the mandate of a crowd or mob is your only ethical banner to wave I’ll stick to being an independent thinker –

  2. Actually wasn’t that a plus or minus 6% poll? It certainly can’t be minus or there wouldn’t be the expansion of so many “meatless” meals… No – I’m thinking it must be the other way. Besides if the mandate of a crowd or mob is your only ethical banner to wave I’ll stick to being an independent thinker –

  3. Excellent post! If these sorts of comments appeared more often in print, maybe the unthinking masses would start to notice how much they are being manipulated by a few deviant activists!

  4. Excellent post! If these sorts of comments appeared more often in print, maybe the unthinking masses would start to notice how much they are being manipulated by a few deviant activists!

  5. The statistics on vegans are new for this study.

    Essentially, what the study is saying is that previously, 5% identified as vegetarians. People who identifiy as vegans were obviously lumped into this group. If a vegan is asked “Are you a vegetarian or a meat eater” they will answer vegetarian (unless they are unusually particular about word usage). So in the new study, there has been a distinction between vegetarians and vegans.

    In other words, the previous studies showed that 5% didn’t eat meat. The latest study shows that 7% don’t eat meat. This is an increase.

  6. The statistics on vegans are new for this study.

    Essentially, what the study is saying is that previously, 5% identified as vegetarians. People who identifiy as vegans were obviously lumped into this group. If a vegan is asked “Are you a vegetarian or a meat eater” they will answer vegetarian (unless they are unusually particular about word usage). So in the new study, there has been a distinction between vegetarians and vegans.

    In other words, the previous studies showed that 5% didn’t eat meat. The latest study shows that 7% don’t eat meat. This is an increase.

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