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September 29, 2016 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

This World Vegetarian Day, Aussies who tell their partners ‘’it’s me or the meat’’ might be in for a shock – a new survey has revealed that 72% of Australians would choose red meat over love.

  •          72% of Australians would dump a partner who tried to make them go vegetarian
  •          Yet,  just 2% of Aussie vegetarians would insist on ‘converting’ a partner
  •          Nearly half of carnivorous Australians would eat less meat if asked nicely
  •          Just 3% of Aussie vegetarians would insist on ‘converting’ a partner

Just in time for World Vegetarian Day (1 October), a new survey from premium dating site EliteSingles has looked at dating and the Aussie diet.

17% of meat eaters think vegetarians will try and convert them

The survey of 400 singles found that 17% of meat eaters in Australia worry that a vegetarian partner would try and ‘convert’ them.  What’s more, if given an ultimatum (i.e. ‘it’s me or the meat’), 72% of meat eaters would choose meat!

However, it may be the ultimatum rather than the diet that is the real problem. Indeed, if asked nicely by a vegetarian partner, almost half of Australian meat eaters (43%) would be prepared to try going at least semi-vegetarian. This includes 31% who would try and avoid meat in front of their partner and 12% who would give it up entirely.

Just 2% of vegetarians would want to convert a partner

Of course, they may not have to worry. Just 2% of vegetarians surveyed would insist that their partner bin the meat. A substantial 43% would like a partner to at least consider eating less meat, whereas the remaining 54% don’t think it is their place to make demands on a partner’s diet.

What’s more, 89% of Aussie vegetarians would be happy to start a serious relationship with someone who eats meat. Slightly fewer meat eaters (80%) would want a serious relationship with a vegetarian.

51% of vegetarians worry about planning meals with a meat eating partner

51% of vegetarians think that hardest thing about dating a meat eater would be cooking daily meals together. They’re joined by 23% who think planning the menu for special occasion like Christmas is a potential pitfall and 16% who think picking a romantic restaurant would be problematic.

For meat eaters dating vegetarians, the top three concerns are startlingly similar – 33% think that cooking meals together is the biggest issue, followed by 25% who think it is eating meat in front of their partner and 14% who think it’s planning the Christmas menu.

For more information on the study, including an international breakdown of where Australia ranks on the most veggie-friendly leader board, read our in-depth article here!

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