POLL: What Americans Eat for Breakfast

There are regional differences: Cold cereal is most popular in the Northeast (39 percent) and least popular in the South (25 percent); indeed more Southerners usually eat eggs, bacon and eggs, or ham and eggs (30 percent) than usually eat cold cereal. Also, 11 percent of Northeasterners eat bagels, more than anywhere else.

Older people are more likely than younger to eat hot cereal: Thirteen percent of people age 55 and older do, compared with 4 percent of people under 35.

Cold Pizza

Eating cold pizza for breakfast seems to be a fairly recent phenomenon: Just 16 percent of seniors have done it, compared with 48 percent of people under 45. It tops out at 45 percent of Westerners and Midwesterners, compared with 38 percent of Southerners and 30 percent of Northeasterners.

And compared with people who don't work, full-time workers are 23 points more likely to have eaten cold pizza for breakfast. Leftovers from the office party, perhaps.


This ABC News poll was conducted by telephone May 11-15 among a random national sample of 1,000 adults. The results have a three-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation were done by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

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