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Americans can't even agree on which food is the "most American" to eat at a July 4th cookout, according to a new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll.

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Data: SurveyMonkey poll conducted June 25 to June 27. Poll methodology; Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Behind the numbers: Among all Americans hamburgers are the patriotic choice, backed by 35%, and are the top pick regardless of income level and gender (though women cite hot dogs and hamburgers at almost the same rate 31 percent vs. 32 percent).

  • Beer polled better among millennials (12%), non-voters (13%) and people in New England (17%).
  • A sheet cake literally in the shape of our nation's flag trailed both waterlemon and bbq as a patriotic food.
  • Apple pie was dead last, picked by only 1% as the most patriotic food, but possibly because nobody wants to eat pie at a cookout.

Methodology: This Axios/SurveyMonkey online poll was conducted June 25-27, 2018 among 2,387 adults in the United States. The modeled error estimate for the full sample is 3.0 percentage points. Respondents for this survey were selected from the nearly 3 million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day. Data have been weighted for age, race, sex, education, and geography using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to reflect the demographic composition of the United States age 18 and over. Crosstabs available here.

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