Eggs are no longer the cheap and easy breakfast staple. While some of it might be chalked up to inflation and supply chain issues, the surge in egg prices can largely be attributed to the largest avian flu in history, which has forced demand to well exceed supply. Egg prices surged 60% last year, and this month has seen the national average jump to $3.59 per dozen (with the California average reaching $7.37).
CivicScience wanted to gauge how Americans are responding to the historic increase in egg prices. One-third of U.S. adults claim to be eating eggs ‘less often’ in light of the price surge – with an additional 11% who have ‘stopped eating them altogether.’ But nearly half of all U.S. adults polled are undeterred by the price increase.
Older Americans (55 and older) are the least likely to be changing their egg habits (60% reporting no change), while younger adults (18-to-34) are the most likely to have stopped eating eggs altogether – and at a rate that doubles the Gen Pop (22%). Registered Republicans are slightly more likely to eat eggs less often (36%) than registered Democrats (28%).
When it comes to income, all three primary brackets are eating eggs less often in a manner consistent with the Gen Pop. But those earning $100,000 and over are the most likely to report no change (61%). U.S. adults earning under $50,000 are the most likely to have stopped eating eggs (15%), but are also the most likely of any income bracket by far to have not eaten eggs to begin with (13%, which more than doubles any other bracket).
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