A TIME survey found that preferences for pets or particular kinds of food can accurately predict partisanship.
Loving cats may not make a person a liberal, but it does increase the odds that a person already is one. To see how accurate our survey was, TIME analyzed the data from 220,192 readers who took the quiz and then volunteered their actual political preferences, and found that all 12 items did in fact predict partisanship correctly.
A majority of TIME readers, like a majority of Americans, prefer dogs to cats, but conservatives had a significantly stronger preference, on average.
Interestingly, Libertarians—often considered as being on the political right—fell between the liberal and conservative extremes on most questions. Even when it came to an affinity for nature’s truest libertarians: felines.