New polling shows sausage is an American favorite no matter how it’s prepared. October is National Sausage Month and nearly nine in ten Americans (89 percent) say they enjoy sausage, including 93 percent of men and 85 percent of women. Choosing a favorite type, however, is far more divisive. Italian sausage (20 percent) and breakfast patties (20 percent) are the two most popular styles of sausage followed by breakfast links (15 percent) and bratwurst (12 percent).
The research was conducted online in September 2016 among more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older by Harris Poll for the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC).
The poll found that favorite sausages vary quite a bit regionally. Northeasterners are most likely to say Italian sausage is their favorite (33 percent), while more Southerners enjoy breakfast patties (26 percent). Midwesterners are most likely to prefer Bratwurst (19 percent).
“Sausage is one of our most versatile foods, as it can be eaten on its own for any meal, combined in a recipe or even as a dip, said NHDSC President Eric Mittenthal. “No matter how it is eaten, Americans know that including sausage is guaranteed to make for a delicious dish.”