Posted on August 16, 2013

Regular Soda Popular with Young, Nonwhite, Low-Income

Elizabeth Mendes, Gallup, August 15, 2013

Young adults, nonwhites, and the low-income in the U.S. drink more regular soda than other Americans. Half of Americans aged 18 to 29 say they drink regular soda, making them the most likely to do so across not only age groups, but also across all major demographic and socioeconomic groups. Nonwhites (46%) and low-income Americans (45%)–two groups among the most likely to be obese–follow just behind the young in regular soda consumption.

Diet soda consumption increases with age and as income rises, with seniors and those making $75,000 or more annually being the most likely to consume it. {snip}

These data, from Gallup’s annual Consumption Habits survey, confirm the broad soda consumption finding in a July 2012 poll, in which about half of Americans reported drinking at least one glass of soda per day.