Donald Trump set off a firestorm last month when he was observed putting ketchup on a $54 dry-aged steak, cooked well done. Food critics howled ("insert a moment of silence for the cow, the condiment and what most chefs would call a forced marriage"), partisans pounced ("like a damn child"), and defenders rallied to his side ("the only people who have a problem with ketchup on steak (or anything) are hipster morons trying to act cultured.").
In what is easily the most important survey finding of the early days of the Trump administration, the left-leaning Public Policy Polling finds that Americans are generally united in their disdain for ketchup on steak. Over half (56 percent) say they disapprove of the practice. Only 27 percent are okay with it. And another 17 percent don't seem to care either way.
Even more surprising, disapproval for putting ketchup on steak cuts across lines of race, gender, age and politics -- with even a slim majority of ardent Trump fans declining to back their champion on this one.
PPP found majority disapproval for ketchup on steak across literally every demographic group it surveyed. Men (55 percent) and women (57 percent) see eye-to-eye on this. Democrats (56 percent) find bipartisan consensus with Republicans (54 percent). There's no racial divide between black (59 percent) and white (56 percent).
Most surprisingly, not even Trump voters side with their man on this -- 52 percent disapprove of ketchup on steak, while only 34 percent approve of it. It's a "rare issue where even Donald Trump's own voters abandon him on something," per PPP's report.
Interestingly, the "hipster morons" alluded to above may in fact be part of the group most supportive of putting ketchup on steak. Of all demographic groups surveyed, PPP found that support was highest (38 percent) among those identifying as "very liberal."
Ketchup on steak, in other words, is the future that liberals want.