Dining Out Poll Reveals Popular Eating and Drinking Habits

Are you a fast-food junkie?  When dining out, do you always order dessert?

A Monmouth University poll sampled a random 925 adults over the age of 18 to find out their dining preferences, asking them everything from how often they eat fast food to whether they order an alcoholic beverage with their meal.
The poll found that one-third of Americans eat lunch or dinner at fast food restaurants, while 12 percent, or one in ten, never eat fast food.

Salary didn't appear to be a factor when it comes to restaurant choice, the poll found, as the participating adults who earn $100,000 were found to be just as likely to eat fast food as those earning less than $50,000.

"For me I thought it was surprising that adults at all incomes are eating fast food," said Elizabeth Cooner, Assistant Director of the Polling Institute at Monmouth University.

"We don't' know what they're ordering or how much they're ordering," said Keith Ayoob,  director of the Nutrition Clinic at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

"Are they going there because it's a really quick way to get a salad?" he asked, noting the new healthy options that fast food restaurants are offering.
Adults with incomes over $100,000 and recent college grads are also the more likely groups to order a drink when dining out, the poll found.

Twenty-two percent of adults always or often order an alcoholic beverage when dining out, and a little less than half never order one.  Although the adults surveyed were as young as 18, Cooner said that a very small number were under the legal drinking age.


SOURCE: Lauren Torrisi
ABC News
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