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New poll: Wealthy Americans eat the most fast food

Just over half of those earning $75,000 per year or more eat fast food weekly.

August 13, 2013
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Wealthy Americans eat the most fast food

According to a new Gallup poll, Americans making over $75,000 per year are more likely to eat fast food weekly than those making less than $20,000. Data shows that 51 percent of wealthy people are likely to eat fast food weekly, while only 39 percent of those making less than $20,000 do the same. The survey of 2,027 adults found 85 percent of Americans eat fast food monthly and almost half eat it weekly, while only four percent said they never eat fast food. Fast food is most popular in the 18-29 age group, 57 percent of which eats fast food weekly according to the survey.

Gallup analyst Andrew Dugan told the New York Daily News that even though 85 percent of those making over $75,000 per year say fast food is unhealthy, convenience and taste are big factors in driving sales. On the other hand, fast food can be too expensive for those making $20,000 per year or less to indulge in except as a special treat.

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