PUBLIC OPINION > Turkey Is Still on Top

Living 2011/11/22 14:00:00
Thanksgiving is supposed to be all about relaxing with your family and giving thanks, but like Christmas has Santa Claus and Easter has the elusive egg-toting Bunny, so Thanksgiving has its icon: the all-mighty turkey. Unlike Santa and the Easter Bunny, this icon is traditionally cooked and eaten.

And because the Thanksgiving turkey is so intertwined with the taste buds, it runs the risk of being overthrown. The turkey's primary competition seems to be vegetarianism and ham -- two noble foes who have long dwelled on the fringes of traditional Thanksgiving celebration. But we wanted to know what the damage was, so we asked SodaHeads what they thought about Thanksgiving turkey. The result is a mixed blessing for the bird.

Is Turkey on Thanksgiving Overrated?

70% Are Still Thankful for Turkey

We are thrilled to inform the turkey public that they are still the stars of Thanksgiving, and the human public has not grown weary of their presence on the dinner table. Conversely, we regret to inform the turkey public that they are still the stars of Thanksgiving, and the human public will continue to serve them with delicious gravy and mashed potatoes. At least, most of them will. Let's take a look a the ones who don't.

Mid-Life Turkey Crisis

We actually kind of expected the kids to be complaining, but it turns out voters between the ages of 25 and 44 were most likely to call Thanksgiving turkey "overrated" -- 43% of them, compared to just 27% of younger voters. Older voters seemed to have a renewed interest in turkey, so there's still hope. (Well, not for the turkeys...)

The Meat of the Issue

If you ever want to sneak a guess at someone's political affiliation, asked them how they feel about Thanksgiving turkey. No matter how you carve the results, they directly correlate with political alignment. 77% of conservatives were happy with turkey, compared to 46% of liberals; 86% of libertarians to 33% of progressives.

Married to Tradition

It looks like the years of cooking and carving that follow marriage only serve to strength the tradition. Married voters were 14% more likely than single voters to favor turkey. (On a related note, parents were about 12% more likely than hopefuls, and 26% more likely than voters who never want kids.)

If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about Thanksgiving turkey. We'd love to hear from you!
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  • Quazimoto 2011/11/27 05:15:39
    Is ham going to be compliant with Sharia Law?
  • KATLYN 2011/11/26 00:01:25
    honey baked has really goooood turkey i get mine from there for the holidays and its easy
  • Claybern 2011/11/24 03:57:04
    No, family, friends and then turkey.
  • Zozo 2011/11/23 16:53:00
  • Died 2011/11/23 15:33:48
  • Michael 2011/11/23 15:30:14
    Turkey fresh, not frozen, can't be beat, but it is the stuffing i crave!
  • TMan Michael 2011/11/23 16:09:39
  • harley oldman 2011/11/23 13:42:50
    harley oldman
    Thanksgiving.........Fried Turkey and Oyster dressing.......
    Christmas.............Honey Ham and Seafood Gumbo......
  • angel face 2011/11/23 12:47:47
    angel face
    i hate turkey. we always have ham and if we have turkey my dad eats it. turkey is dry and disgusting
  • harley ... angel face 2011/11/23 13:38:06
    harley oldman
    Fry it....(It`s juicy when fried.)
  • livia 2011/11/23 10:19:17
    I am vegetarian and I hate when somebody harm animals but if you tastes after it you to kill him. "Good taste"
  • Holly Schmidt 2011/11/23 10:09:13
    Holly Schmidt
    Turkey is the best holiday food ever if its cooked right
  • Aksana 2011/11/23 09:53:58
    Turkey is awesome...l love it
  • garyt212 2011/11/23 06:03:23
    Plain and simple, Thanksgiving = Turkey Dinner!
  • Muver 2011/11/23 05:38:08
    I really am not a turkey fan, I just make it for the tradition of the thing, and most of the family likes it, I also always have a Honeybaked Ham, and that is what I eat. Some years tho, anything else to eat would be just fine with me....
  • Jess 2011/11/23 05:35:46
    Turkey is only good if you cover it in gravy. Otherwise.. It's boring. So I can do without.
  • Ysggirb 2011/11/23 05:07:23 (edited)

  • Ace Ysggirb 2011/11/23 11:53:03
    I don't want no toes in my furkey! :)
  • Ysggirb Ace 2011/11/26 04:13:13
    'any toes' ...please!
  • Ace Ysggirb 2011/11/23 15:29:56
    Turkeys are getting faster and hiding in the woods too. There may be a tortoise connection. The turkeys are trying to #Occupy the woods! Hippie Turkeys! Someone may soon put a 'no trespass' sign on the woods and special commission Pepper Spray Pike to go in after them...
  • Ysggirb Ace 2011/11/26 04:10:40 (edited)
    They're smoking something ...and I don't mean the turkeys.

    Here’s the real issue: if you are what you eat, which would you rather be?
    a) Organic tofu, vital wheat gluten, and expeller-pressed
    non-GMO canola oil (Tofurky), or
    b) A dead, ugly, nearly flightless (even when dead), exceedingly dumb bird ...fast or slow (turkey)

    It’s a simple question.

    But be careful with the answer …this could be a psychological test.
  • Ace Ysggirb 2011/11/26 07:46:56 (edited)
    They're eating 'funny' berries. Magically delicious no doubt. I wonder if they sprinkle them onto their Lucky Charms cereal?...And, the Keebler elves pour on the milk, lol.

    c?) An ice-cold bottle of Stella, imported extra virgin olive oil, a Gala, or an iced soy chai.

    You didn't leave a fill-in answer! I found the error :]

    olive oil gala iced soy chai leave fill-in answer error
  • Cyan9 2011/11/23 04:27:24
    I don't eat turkey because I'm a vegetarian but it kinda is the centerpiece of the holiday. It's also usually delicious.The only problem is that over-cooked turkey basically spoils the entire taste.
  • mae 2011/11/23 03:59:13
    Ah, yes...the time of the year when food mayhem begins its dasterdly jaunt, continuing at an ever-increasing rate through Christmas and ending the day after New Years, with the inevitable Moment Of Truth On The Scales... (...facepalm...)--sigh...
  • Bob 2011/11/23 02:42:35
    Turkey wins in a landslide!
  • Dolly 2011/11/23 01:54:09
  • 200% 2011/11/23 01:41:12
    it's food, how does food become overrated? I love turkey, overrated or not I think it's delicious.
  • Hopscotch 2011/11/23 00:52:04
  • Zephyrus 2011/11/23 00:45:05
    I don't eat turkey and we don't celebrate thanksgiving here
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2011/11/23 00:06:15
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    Love Turkey.
  • Mike 2011/11/22 23:54:09
    Turkey all the way
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2011/11/22 23:28:44
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    This is what I'm thankful for the most:
  • briannenicole2 2011/11/22 23:12:39
    I prefer Ham to Turkey.
  • LaLa 2011/11/22 22:53:55
    I honestly dont like turkey at all
  • Patriot Unit 2011/11/22 22:25:24
    Patriot Unit
    Well, you can't prove it by me. I would rather have ham, or a good steak.
  • Pat 2011/11/22 21:34:40
    I love turkey with all the trimmings. We'll probably have it again at Christmas but we'll have ham at Easter. I don't know why we don't have turkey more often. It's a bird that gives a lot of meat and stuffing is easy to make. Everything else is pretty easy so we should probably eat it more often.
  • jamiemac 2011/11/22 21:14:04
    Get real, could you put me in one more catagory or box, please.
    I'm liberal and I love turkey.
    Is it always about the big numbers?
  • DDevlin780 2011/11/22 21:05:49
    If you ever had a kosher fresh turkey on thanksgiving would not feel the need to ask the question.
  • Cal 2011/11/22 20:37:00
    Liberals, even on the topic of food they think backwards!
  • Yuki ~ ♦Lion King of PHÆT♦ 2011/11/22 20:10:33
    Yuki ~ ♦Lion King of PHÆT♦
    I don't eat turkey because I don't like it. That's all. There's nothing political about it.

    Fef, whether someone has a turkey or not is NOT an indicator of whether they are "real" Americans or not. Give it a rest.

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