Apple and Pizza Vie for Americans’ Favorite Pie

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The FINANCIAL — As millions around the world today indulge in pie to celebrate the mathematical concept of pi (the Greek symbol used to represent the ratio between a circle’s circumference and its diameter, or approximately 3.14159), The Harris Poll has found that, for Americans, apple pie reigns supreme (12%), but pizza comes in a close second (10%) and is, by far, the favorite type of pie among men ages 18-34 (25%). 

More than 7 in 10 U.S. adults (72%) prefer sweet pies over savory pies, and most agree that the best part of pie is the filling (69%), while about 3 in 10 say the best part is the pastry or crust (31%).

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,178 U.S. adults aged 18+ surveyed online between March 6 and 8, 2017.

Pie vs. cake

When it comes to dessert, Americans are nearly evenly split, with a slight preference for cake (52%) over pie (48%) – particularly in the South, where about 6 in 10 prefer cake (61% South), but not in the Midwest where 58% of adults prefer pie.

Women (56%) and young adults ages 18-34 (66%) are particularly likely to prefer cake, while men (53%) and adults ages 35+ are more likely to choose pie (53% 35-44, 47% 45-54, 51% 55-64, 59% 65+).

If eating pie for dessert, not everyone screams for ice cream: over half of U.S. adults (56%) – though nearly 2 in 3 young adults ages 18-34 (64%) – like their pie a la mode, while more than 4 in 10 like it without ice cream (44%).

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