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Beef hot dogs are the top dog

New survey finds majority of Americans prefer beef hot dogs, with 61% choosing beef as their preferred meat in hot dogs.

The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (NHDSC) estimates that Americans will eat 150 million hot dogs on July 4 alone, and while they enjoy many different kinds of hot dogs, research commissioned by NHDSC and conducted online by Harris Poll provides new insight into what kinds of hot dogs are preferred.

A majority of Americans say beef hot dogs are their favorite, with 61% choosing beef as their preferred meat in hot dogs -- pork ranked second (12%) and turkey third (7%). Americans seem to like their hot dogs with some snap, as 38% who eat hot dogs said they prefer a natural casing on a hot dog, while 25% enjoy their hot dogs skinless, and 25% have no preference.

A hot dog is best enjoyed among friends, and the research found that actress Betty White (31%) is the famous person (past or present) with whom Americans who eat hot dogs would most like to share a hot dog. The 95-year-old White has said she regularly enjoys hot dogs for lunch on the set of her TV shows. Hot dog magnate Oscar Mayer and baseball legend Babe Ruth tied as the next most popular choices, at 14% each.

“At a time when so many issues divide us, hot dogs stand as a food that unites,” NHDSC president Eric Mittenthal said. “Whether people enjoy them with beef or pork, natural casing or skinless, hot dogs are a food that is truly beloved.”

Send a joke to win hot dogs

Hot dogs are also a food that inspires plenty of smiles and humor, and in that spirit, NHDSC is seeking the best (tasteful) hot dog jokes. Hot dog fans can send their best joke, limerick or pun to for a chance to win a $250 gift card for hot dogs and other great prizes. Second prize is a $100 gift card for hot dogs, and third prize is a $50 gift card for hot dogs. Entries are due by July 12. NHDSC Facebook fans will choose the winner, which will be announced on National Hot Dog Day July 19. Full contest details are available here.

NHDSC will celebrate with regular Hot Dog Month updates on its Facebook page and on Instagram.

This survey was conducted online May 19-23, 2017, by Harris Poll on behalf of NHDSC among 2,048 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, 1,801 of whom eat hot dogs. This online survey is not based on a probability sample, and therefore, no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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