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Those making $75,000 a year more likely to eat fast-food

Aug. 17, 2013 at 1:09 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. adults who earn $75,000 a year or more are more likely to eat fast-food at least weekly than those making less than $20,000, a survey indicates.

For those in the $75,000-and-above category, 51 percent said they hit a fast-food restaurant at least weekly, while only 39 percent of those earning under $20,000 a year do so, Gallup's annual consumption poll found.

The poll, conducted July 10-14, found 8-of-10 Americans reported eating at fast-food at least monthly, while only 4 percent said they never dine at fast-food restaurants.

The survey also found more than 7-in-10 who ate fast-food weekly or more frequently said it was not "good for you," but 19 percent of those who ate fast-food once or twice a month said it is fairly or very "good for you."

Twenty-eight percent said the food was "not good at all for you," 20 percent said they believe food purchased at fast-food restaurants was "fairly good for you," while 2 percent said it was "very good for you."

Young adults ages 18-29 ate fast-food most often, with 57 percent said they do so at least weekly. Fast-food consumption declined with age; the percentage who said they ate fast-food at least weekly dropped to 41 percent among those age 65 and older.

Fifty-three percent of Hispanics and 52 percent of African-Americans said they ate fast-food at least weekly, while 46 percent of whites said the same.

The telephone survey of 2,027 adults has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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