Beer, Recycling and Football Prove Americans Are More Alike Than You Think

While it may seem like Americans are more diverse than ever, according to a NBC News and Esquire poll, we actually have a lot in common

A fascinating new Esquire and NBC News poll shows that Americans aren't as polarized as you might think. In fact, we have a lot more in common than not.

The poll found that many of us (maybe even a majority) are part of a "New American Center" that are passionate, frustrated and just want to get on with living their lives. What really stood out for us was how many common threads we found.


The myth that only hippies and crunchy types recycle is pretty much dead, with 80% of us recycling and 47% of those that do saying they recycle because "I feel like I am doing something good."

Down Time

As a nation, we still love our television. Last weekend, 86% spent time watching shows or movies live on TV, while 67% of you were on social media, like Facebook. 54% of you went out to eat at a restaurant, 47% of you read a book and 35% played sports or exercised. Yep, pretty much like our weekend.

Drinks Please

The center needs a quick drink. We're all thirsty right? Well, 26% of you said you don't drink but 31% would like a beer right now. The 21% we're a part of would like a glass of wine to end the day (or start the night). Only 7% of you drink whiskey.

Watching Sports

We still love sports with 46% of the center indicating a preference for watching pro-football, 26% saying they love pro-baseball, 19% for college football and 21% sharing that they don't watch sports on television.

There is a lot more to this poll, and we recommend giving it a read on Esquire

Tanya Edwards is a contributing writer for iVillage. Follow her on Twitter andGoogle+.

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