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What does your beer say about your politics? You won't find it in the bottom of your glass

What does your beer say about your politics? You won't find it in the bottom of your glass

The National Journal recently came out with a graph that breaks down America's voting patterns based on beer. It's pretty ingenious.

If the presidential debates haven't helped clear up whom you should vote for, maybe this study will. It may sound like total whimsy, but the researchers took their task seriously. They interviewed 200,000 American adults about what they like to drink and how they vote. The findings, however potentially spurious, are rather entertaining. 

Bud Light is the most popular beer (really, guys?) and splits party lines, but of particular note are the two Texas brews that show up. Shiner is far and away the most Republican beer on the chart, which isn't that surprising, considering Texas' voting history.

 Shiner is far and away the most Republican beer on the chart, which isn't that surprising, considering Texas' voting history.

Lone Star is firmly planted on the red side too, but the sad result is that of all the beers shown, it has the lowest voter turnout. For shame, Lone Star drinkers, for shame. 

On the other end of the spectrum, Sierra Nevada drinkers have a huge turnout, and they tend to be Democrats. Pat on the back, Sierra Nevada drinkers. And Lone Star loyalists can at least share their embarrassment with Corona drinkers, who are overwhelmingly Democrats and just as bad at getting to the voting booth. 

If this chart is to be believed — and it totally should — then Heineken is the beer of choice for Marxists. The bottle may be green, but its drinkers' hearts are as red as the Kremlin. 

Before you go and get all defensive that your drink doesn't match your political affiliation, remember — there are these things called outliers.

Congrats! You're special.

Lone Star Beer
Lone Star Beer has the lowest voter turnout of all the beers, but at least it has company on the Democrat side: Corona drinkers can't seem to get off the beach in time to vote.  Photo courtesy of Lone Star Beer
Beer Chart
National Journal's beer chart breaks down how drinkers of popular beers tend to vote and how often.  Tracey Robinson, NMRPP