Gallup: Wealthier Americans More Likely to Frequent Fast Food Restaurants

August 8, 2013 - 10:10 AM

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(CNSNews.com) - The wealthier an American gets, the more likely he or she is to frequent fast food restaurants, according to polling data released this week by Gallup.

"Fast food is typically low in cost, which is part of its appeal to many Americans," said Gallup in its analysis of the data. "But fast food is hardly the province solely of those with lower incomes; in fact, wealthier Americans--those earning $75,000 a year or more--are more likely to eat it at least weekly (51%) than are lower-income groups. Those earning the least actually are the least likely to eat fast food weekly--39% of Americans earning less than $20,000 a year do so."

Of those who earn between $20,000 and $29,999, according to Gallup, 42 percent eat at a fast food restaurant at least weekly, while 51 percent of those earning between $30,000 and $49,999 say they did so.

Fifty percent of those who earn between $50,000 and $74,999 say they eat at a fast food restaurant at least weekly.

Although the propensity to eat at a fast food restaurant may increase with income, it decreases with age, according to the Gallup data.

Fifty-seven percent of those 18 to 29 years old say they eat at a fast food restaurant at least weekly. However, the percentage who said they at at least at a fast food restaurant declined to 47 percent among those 30 to 49 years old, to 44 percent among those 50 to 64 years old, and to 41 percent among those 65 or older.

Only 2 percent of those polled told Gallup they believed fast food was "very good" for you.

Gallup's survey was based on interviews with a random sample of 2,027 Americans aged 18 or older.