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Ronald McDonald, Swing Voter

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If that bumper sticker or yard sign wasn’t enough to publicize your political stance, then the Chick Fil-A tempest in a Styrofoam cup, with its attendant kiss-ins and appreciation days, gives you another chance to let your flag fly. But in the absence of a Chick Fil-A, or on a Sunday when its closed, where does a budding Democrat or latent Republican dine (or demonstrate) to show their affiliation?

Sunday, the Los Angeles Times offered a handy chart (click here to see it) on its op-ed page showing many popular U.S. fast food and fast casual restaurants and plotting where their patrons were on an elephant-donkey axis and on their likelihood to vote. (The surveying was done by Scarborough Research, which talks to 200,000 Americans every year about their eating out habits.)

Without providing all the spoilers, Chick Fil-A already came down solidly Republican but just north of the likely-to-vote line. Slightly to the right of the Eat Mor Chikin people were the cheesemongers at Cracker Barrel, who were the most Republican and most likely to vote among all the eateries surveyed. Its doppelganger from the left? Whole Foods Market.

And dead center politically, but with a tendency to sometimes skip exercising the franchise? McDonald’s.

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