In an online poll conducted by The Vegetarian Resource Group, three percent of U.S. adults indicated they never eat meat, poultry and fish or seafood. About one-third to one-fourth of those vegetarians also never eat dairy, eggs and honey, and are classified as vegan.
Those numbers are up from a similar poll conducted in 2006, which identified 2.3 percent of Americans as vegetarian, and 6.7 percent who never eat red meat.
The poll was conducted for The Vegetarian Resource Group by Harris Interactive in May via its QuickQuery online omnibus service, interviewing a nationwide sample of 2,397 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older. Data were weighted using propensity score weighting to be representative of the total U.S. adult population on the basis of region, age, education, household income, race/ethnicity, and propensity to be online.
The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger, according to the group’s website.
The poll also indicated that five percent of females ages 18 – 34 classify themselves as vegetarian, and 12 percent of females 18 – 34 say they do not eat red meat. The Vegetarian Resource Group estimates that three percent of the U.S. population being vegetarian translates into six to eight million adult vegetarians.
The poll also identified nine percent of U.S. males ages 18 – 34 as vegetarians, and 15 percent of respondents identifying themselves as students.