Two Journalistic Traditions Meet: Polling and Booze

Republicans are horrible tippers and have even worse pick-up lines. You may expect to see that slant from a story making the rounds based on a industry-sponsored survey of Washington, D.C., bartenders.An excerpt from an August 18 report by Paul Walsh of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

A survey of Washington, D.C., bartenders commissioned by a leading liquor company broke down Democrats and Republicans when it comes to their drink selection and bar behavior. Here's what it found:
  • Who's a better tipper? Democrats 60 percent, Republicans 38 percent.
  • Who is more likely to order a drink straight up? Republicans 82 percent; Democrats 14 percent.
  • Who is more likely to order a fruity (pink) drink? Democrats 58 percent, Republicans 34 percent.
  • Who has the better pick-up lines? Democrats 74 percent, Republicans 14 percent.


The survey of about 100 bartenders in the Washington, D.C., area was commissioned by Beam Global Spirits & Wine Inc. (maker of Jim Beam bourbon, Canadian Club whisky and Courvoisier cognac, among others) in collaboration with Clarus Research Group.

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is the Managing Editor for NewsBusters