Blog: Dean BestUS pollsters should look to pasta - apparently

Dean Best | 11 January 2008

From here in the UK, it’s easy to see that election fever is gripping the US at the moment.

Indeed, even business hacks on this side of the pond seem to have been taking a close interest in the state primaries on the other side of the Atlantic, with one labeling Sainsbury’s “the Hillary Clinton of UK supermarkets” after its quarterly results confounded analysts.

Back in the US, election fever has taken hold at pasta maker American Italian Pasta Co. The firm, one of the largest pasta producers in the US, has claimed that one “can tell a person's politics by the cut of his pasta”.

“We decided to take a lighthearted look at red state vs. blue state pasta preferences to answer the question: as a country, are we divided about our pasta as we are about our politics?" said Drew Lericos, vice president of marketing of American Italian Pasta Co.

Democrats, according to the company, lean towards elbow macaroni, while Republicans tend to prefer long spaghetti.

I wonder if this data is as accurate as the polls in New Hampshire on Tuesday…


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