7 Quirky Differences Between Democrats And Republicans

If nothing else, this election cycle has proven how divided our political inclinations can be. Voters across the spectrum have struggled to see others’ points of view.

But science might be able to explain why we feel so different from each other: Research shows that liberal and conservative brains are wired differently. And those opposing preferences extend far beyond the political realm into mundane, but personally defining factors like beer tastes, bedroom habits and opinions on Justin Bieber.

Below are seven interesting contrasts between Republicans and Democrats. Do you follow your party’s preferences?

1. Democrats are cat people.

Forget elephants and donkeys. When it comes to household animal preference, Democrats are cat people while Republicans prefer pooches, according to a 2011 report by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The findings aren’t exactly scientific: The study found that blue states have the highest rates of cat ownership, while red states contain more people with dogs. That could be for a lot of reasons, like access to physical space in which the four-legged can frolic and time spent at home to care for the animals.

In 2012, left-leaning states Minnesota, Rhode Island and New York had the lowest percentages of households with a pet dog. For example, 29 percent of New York state residents had a pet dog in the house in 2011, while the same was true of 47.9 percent of households in scarlet red Arkansas, a state that voted Republican in five of the last seven elections.

2. Republicans like chocolate ice cream.

You can tell a lot about a person by what they order at the scoop shop, apparently. In a 2011 Harris Poll, we learned Republicans favor chocolate creaminess, while Democrats tend to order vanilla.

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