Vegetarian dating in the UK: what do Brits really think?
Do meat eaters have 'beef' with vegetarians?
One of the more startling insights to come out of the survey was the revelation that, if forced to choose, many Brits would opt for lamb and loneliness over lentils and love. Indeed, 65% of meat eaters in the UK would dump a vegetarian who confronted them with an ultimatum along the lines of ''it's me or the meat.''
What's more, the prospect of facing just such an ultimatum is enough to put several British meat eaters off of vegetarian dating: 20% think that the threat of attempted conversion is the number one reason not to date a vegetarian.
Meating in the middle - is semi vegetarianism an option?
However, it may just be that meat eaters have beef with the ultimatum itself rather than with the vegetarian lifestyle. It turns out, if asked nicely by a vegetarian partner, nearly half of meat eaters (48%) would be prepared to try going at least semi-vegetarian. This includes 32% who would try and avoid meat in front of their partner and 16% who would give it up entirely.
Giving peas a chance: what vegetarian dating is really like
Yet, it's unlikely that vegetarian dating will mean a life without so much as a sausage sandwich.
In fact, in news that's bound to reassure those worried about ultimatums, just 3% of veggies would insist that a partner follow their meat-free example. A further 31% would like it if their partner thought about eating less meat, and the vast majority - 66% - would not want to change a partner's diet, agreeing that ''they have to choose [vegetarianism] for themselves.''
You can't beet having the same diet
Yet, despite the fact that most Brits would happily date someone with different dietary preferences, for both meat eaters and vegetarians alike, their preference is to date someone whose diet matches their own: 92% of vegetarians would prefer to date a vegetarian, while 90% of meat eaters would prefer to date a meat eater.
Overall, this means that 71% of UK singles would most like to date a meat eater and just over a quarter (29%) would most like to date a vegetarian.
The countries where they're nuts for vegetarians
This may not sound like a lot – but, when EliteSingles conducted the same study across Europe (involving close to 10,000 singles in total), it turned out that British vegetarians have it relatively easy. At the very least, it's easier for them to find a date than it would be in the likes of Hungary and France (where just 15% would rather date a vegetarian).
In fact, the UK's 29% puts Brits towards the front of the pack: just ahead of Norway and Sweden, who came in with 27% and right behind Germany on 30% and Finland on 31%. The easiest place for vegetarian dating is Spain, where a whopping 37% would rather date a non meat eater; making Spain número uno for vegetarians in search of love.