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• 38 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats have a favorable impression of vegetarians.

• 42 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of Democrats prefer a regular soda to a diet soda.

• 22 percent of Republican and 21 percent of Democrats consider themselves “obese.”

Source: A Public Policy Polling survey of 500 registered U.S. voters conducted Feb. 21 to 24.

• Righteous outbursts, sly asides to