USA: Hot Dog Toppings Emerging as Major Campaign Issue in 2000 Election; Poll of Lawmakers Reveals Mustard Gaining Bipartisan Support
A recent National Hot Dog & Sausage Council poll of Representatives and Senators in the U.S. Congress revealed that 73 percent of Republican lawmakers prefer mustard on their hot dog compared to 47 percent of Democrat lawmakers. In keeping with the mustard- leaning tendencies of the Republican party, Texas Governor George W. Bush prefers mustard and relish on his hot dog.The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council conducted the Congressional poll to mark National Hot Dog Month in July. In conducting the poll, the Council contacted the offices of all U.S. Senators and Representatives with a simple question: "what do you prefer on your hot dog?" A total of 40 lawmakers responded to the poll, which was conducted in June/July, 2000. The Council also contacted the campaigns of the likely presidential nominees of the Republican and Democratic parties.The poll revealed that Democrats in the House and Senate are deeply divided over the ketchup/mustard issue. While 47 percent of Democrats preferred mustard, 35 percent preferred ketchup on their hot dogs.Republicans in the House and Senate are unified in their support of mustard on their hot dog, with 73 percent preferring mustard to only 17 percent of Republican lawmakers opting for ketchup.The Council's poll of presidential candidates asked what the future "top dog" liked on top of his dog. According to his campaign, Texas Governor George W. Bush likes mustard and relish on his hot dog. The Council's poll also revealed some interesting hot dog topping preferences among lawmakers. Some responses from lawmakers include:
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