Why People Go Vegan: 2019 Global Survey Results

Article and analysis by Benjamin McCormick, survey written by Hesham Mahdi.

The original incentive for conducting this large international survey was to see the most common motivation for people to become vegan, thinking that this would help vegan activists be more effective in their work. However, as the results below make clear, the survey ended up answering, and raising, many other interesting questions about the growing vegan movement.

Our previous survey was taken by only 726 people in 2016 and was restricted in size partly because we limited the responses to those in Australia. This time we wanted to see how the responses from a larger international data-base would compare, so we did it in with the goal of getting a more global response.

This survey was initially shared on the 18th of October 2018 via email to all the members of the Vomad Insider Community. We then shared it publicly on the Vomad Facebook page a few days later, as well as on our Instagram. The last response came on the 30th of December 2018 or 73 days later, on the last day of the year.

In total there was 12,814 participants from 97 different countries - or an average of 175 people completing the survey every day it was live - which is almost 20x the number of responses as our last survey from three years ago.

Topics covered in the 2019 Global Vegan Survey include why and how people became vegan, their primary internal motivations as well as how they actually went about it, and, in terms of actually turning people vegan, which documentaries, books, social media posts, online videos, blogs, print magazines, public speakers and other forms of activism were the most influential.

Before you start reading these results and more just below, you should know that we encourage everyone to not only scroll through the stats and think about what they mean, but also to share your thoughts and interpretations with us in the comments at the bottom. It was due to critical feedback from the last survey that allowed us to make this one better.

This survey was designed to dig deep and isolate the core motivations responsible for making people seriously consider choosing a vegan lifestyle, however, The 2019 Global Vegan Survey ended up as something much greater that will hopefully help activists, organisations and the vegan community at large continue to advocate for veganism in the most effective way we know how to.

A summary of the survey results can be found at the end of the article.

SURVEY OVERVIEW

  • 12,814 participants
  • All data collected from 18/10/2018 to 30/12/2018
  • All participants were vegan

DEMOGRAPHICS

  • 81.9% or 10,494 of the participants were female.
  • 16% or 2,049 participants were male.
  • 2.1% or 271 chose "Other gender" which included transgender, gender variant / non-conforming, agender, genderfluid and more. 

2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - How old are most vegans?

  • 56.9% or 7,292 people were between 18 and 34 years old.
  • 30.5% or 3913 people were between 25 - 34 years old.
  • 26.4% or 3379 people were between 18 - 24 years old.
  • 17.7% or 2268 people were between 35 - 44 years old.
  • 13% or 1668 people were between 45 - 54 years old.
  • 7.3% or 953 people were between 55 - 64 years old.
  • 2.8% or 359 people were between 12 - 17 years old.
  • 1.9% or 247 people were between 65 - 74 years old.
  • 0.2% or 31 people were over 75 years old.
  • 0.1% or 14 people were under 12 years old.
  • 2.9% or 373 people were under 18 years old.

Where do you live?

The greener a country is the more data taken from that country. The redder the lesser. Yellow signifies mid range. You can hover over the map to see specific countries information.

  • 22.45% or 2,877 people were from Australia.
  • 19.31% or 2,475 people were from the UK.
  • 13.64% or 1,748 were from the USA.
  • 12.38% or 1,587 were from Canada.
  • 6.5% or 840 people were from New Zealand.
  • 74.3% of survey participants or 9527 people were from Australia, the UK, the US, Canada and New Zealand.
  • Scandinavia and Europe were the next most populated areas, with 382 people (or 2.98%) in Finland and 316 people (or 2.46%) people from Belgium. 
  • In total there were participants from 97 different countries.
  • It's interesting to note how closely this map resembles Google Trends region data for the country by country popularity of searches for the term "vegan" since Google began collecting data in 2004.

ABOUT YOUR VEGANISM

2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - What was the main reason that makes people go vegan?

  • 68.1% or 8,729 of the people who took this survey went vegan for the animals.
  • 17.4% or 2,225 people went vegan for health reasons and 9.7% or 1,294 people did it for the environment.
  • 4.8% or 612 people chose "Other" which mostly included a combination of all or some of the main three reasons and the occasional religious motivation.

2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - How long have you been vegan for?

  • 33.2% or almost exactly a third of participants (4,253 people) had been vegan for between 2 and 5 years.
  • 24.4% or 3,132 people went vegan in the previous year.
  • 79.8% or 10,227 people went vegan in the last 5 years.
  • 92.8% or 11,895 people turned vegan in the last 10 years.
  • 7.1% or 919 people who took the survey have been vegan for more than 10 years.
  • 2.7% or 351 people have been vegan for more than 20 years.

2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - How do you transition to veganism?

  • 50.6% or 6,841 of the participants went vegan overnight. 
  • 37.5% or 4,802 people gradually transitioned over a period of time with the intention of going vegan from the start.
  • 6.5% or 831 people took a vegan challenge, which is looked at in detail below.
  • 5.5% or 701 people chose "Other" which nearly exclusively included elimination style approaches such as "I removed dairy first then eggs then meat."
  • 0.17% or 23 people were brought up vegan from birth.
  • When asked what their diets were like before going vegan...
    • 52.1% or 6779 participants said they were vegetarian prior to going vegan. When asked why they turned vegetarian...
      • 74.4% or 5041 of these people said they went vegetarian for the animals.
      • 11% or 748 went vegetarian for health reasons.
      • 5.3% or 357 went vegetarian for the environment.
      • 3.8% or 256 were brought up vegetarian from birth.
      • 5.6% or 377 chose "Other" which included things like "I didn't like the taste of meat", "A bet", "Religious reasons" and more.
    • 43.3% or 5626 people said they ate meat before going vegan.
    • 4.6% or 597 people chose "Other" which included flexitarian, dairy free and lots more specific diets.

VEGAN INFLUENCE

    2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - What was the first thing that made you seriously consider going vegan?

    • 21.9% or 2,808 people first seriously considered going vegan after watching a feature-length documentary.
    • 16.8% or 2,154 people first seriously considered going vegan after a conversation with a friend and family member.
    • 14.4% or 1841 people first seriously considered it from a video on the internet (but not a feature-length documentary).
    • 13.2% or 1690 people first seriously considered it from seeing posts on social media.
    • 11.2% or 1,435 people said they made the connection "without any influence."
    • 4.4% or 568 people first seriously considered going vegan from reading articles and blogs online.
    • 3.4% or 440 people first seriously considered going vegan after reading a book.
    • 14.7% or 1878 people chose "Other" which included...
      • 1.4% or 185 people first seriously considered going vegan as a result of public activism. (Read my notes on this stat here.)
      • 1.3% or 172 people first seriously considered going vegan after attending a speech, lecture or event.
      • 1% or 126 people first seriously considered veganism after reading a print article in the newspaper or a magazine.
      • 0.6% or 83 people said the first thing that got them interested in or convinced to go vegan was watching the TV.
      • 0.3% or 44 people first seriously considered veganism after listening to a podcast, and 6 people said it was from listening to the radio.

    The above options will now be expanded upon...

    VEGAN CHALLENGES

      2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - What type of vegan challenge is best?

      This question was only asked to the 831 people (or 6.5% of total survey participants) who previously said they turned vegan from taking a "vegan challenge".

      • 44.4% or 369 people succesfully took part in Veganuary, making it the most popular vegan challenge among participants.
      • 20.1% or 167 people successfully did Challenge 22+.
      • 10.8% or 90 people successfully did Vegan Easy 30 Day Challenge.
      • 24.7% or 205 people chose "Other" which included PCRM's 21 Day Vegan Kickstart, Vegaanihaaste, Lent, Vegan Reset, the plant-based challenge promoted by Beyonce and Jay- Z, a lot of different personal challenges people set for themselves and more.
      • When asked "How did you hear about the challenge?"...
        • 61.7% or 513 people said they heard about the vegan challenge that turned them vegan on social media.
        • 17.3% or 144 were recommended it by a friend or family member.
        • 12.9% or 107 people found it through their own research.
        • 4.9% or 41 people said "Other" which included recommendations mainly from watching documentaries and various activists on social media.
        • Public activism resulted in 3.1% or 26 of the survey participants successfully taking a vegan challenge.
      • 98.7% or 820 people said they would recommend the challenge they took to a friend. So I would feel comfortable recommending any of the top 3 most popular vegan challenges - Veganuary, Challenge 22+ and Vegan Easy 30 Day Challenge - which collectively made up 75.3% of all challenges taken.

      FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER INFLUENCE

        2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - How did your friend or family member get you interested or convinced to be vegan?

        This question was only asked to the 2,154 people (or 16.8% of total survey participants) who previously said the first thing that made them seriously consider being vegan was a conversation with a friend or family member.

        • 37.7% or 813 people were curious so they were the one to initiate the conversation that first made them seriously consider going vegan.
        • 33.5% or 721 people said the vegan initiated the conversation with them first.
        • 19% or 410 people said they never actually had a conversation - the vegan was leading by example, eg. making great food, looking and acting healthy.
        • 9.7% or 210 people chose "Other" which included mostly things that happened as a result being around vegans, things like "My kids didn't like cruelty to animals" and "The mrs went vegan".

        DOCUMENTARIES

        2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - Which documentary turns the most people vegan?

        This question was only asked to the 2,808 people (or 21.9% of total survey participants) who previously said the first thing that made them seriously consider being vegan was watching a documentary.

        • The most influential vegan documentary was What the Health (2017) which made 26.2% or 737 people first want to go vegan.
        • 24.6% or 692 people first wanted to go vegan after watching Cowspiracy (2014).
        • 22.2% or 623 people first wanted to go vegan after watching Earthlings (2005).
        • 12.5% or 350 people first wanted to go vegan after watching Forks Over Knives (2011).
        • 14.5% or 406 people chose "Other" which included...
          • 1.8% or 53 people that said Vegucated (2009) was the film that first made them want to be vegan.
          • 1.4% or 42 people said it was after watching Dominion (2018).
          • 1.1% or 34 people said Food Inc (2008).
          • 1.1% or 32 people said Food Choices (2016).
          • 0.9% or 28 people said Land of Hope and Glory (2017).
          • 0.4% or 11 people said Lucent (2014).
        • When asked how they became aware of this documentary...
          • 35% or 982 people said they came across the documentary that first made them interested in veganism on Netflix.
          • 28.8% or 808 people said it was recommended to them by a friend or family member.
          • 21% or 591 people said they came across it on any social media platform other than YouTube.
          • 7.9% or 221 people said they came across it on YouTube.
          • 7.3% or 206 people chose "Other" which mostly included seeing it on TV (19 people), being recommended it by an activist (16 people) and showing the film at school (14 people), although there were a lot of unique ways people found out about it, with someone even winning a copy of Cowspiracy "in a raffle".

        BOOKS

        2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - Which book turns the most people vegan?

        This question was only asked to the 440 people (or 3.4% or total survey participants) people who previously said the first thing that made them seriously consider being vegan was reading a book.  

        • 19.8% or 87 people were influenced to go vegan after reading The China Study by T. Colin Campbell PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II MD.
        • 16.6% or 73 people were influenced to go vegan after reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer.
        • 14.3% or 63 people were influenced to go vegan after reading Animal Liberation by Peter Singer.
        • 13.2% or 58 people were influenced to go vegan after reading Skinny Bitch by Kim Barnouin.
        • 10% or 44 people were influenced to go vegan after reading Diet for a New America by John Robbins.
        • 8.9% or 39 people were influenced to go vegan after reading How Not to Die by Michael Greger.
        • 2.3% or 10 people were influenced to go vegan after reading The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan.
        • 2% or 9 people were influenced to go vegan after reading The Starch Solution by John McDougall.
        • 13% or 57 people said "Other" which included Meatonomics by David Robinson Simon, Proteinaholic by Howard Jacobson, The McDougall Plan and the books of other vegan or plant-based doctors and athletes as well as yoga books and religious texts.
        • When asked how they became aware of this book...
          • 24.8% or 111 people were recommended it by a friend or family member.
          • 18.5% or 83 people came across it at a book store or on Amazon or Kindle.
          • 4.3% or 20 people found the book in a library.
          • 2% or 9 people were recommended the book by an activist.
          • 38.6% or 170 people chose "Other" which mostly included "I forgot" and coming across it on YouTube.

        SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

        2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - Which video clip turned the most people vegan?

        This question was only asked to the 1,841 people (or 14.4% of all survey participants) who previously said the first thing that made them seriously consider going vegan was watching a video on the internet other than a feature film.

        • The largest group was the 17.6% or 324 people who didn't remember the video's name.
        • 16.9% or 311 people said it was because of a Gary Yourofsky speech.
        • 15.5% or 286 people said it was "graphic footage of animal farming and / or slaughter".
        • 7.3% or 135 people said it was from watching Freelee the Banana Girl videos.
        • 5.2% or 96 people said it was the video 101 Reasons to Go Vegan.
        • 2.6% or 47 people said it was from watching a James Aspey speech.
        • 2.6% or 47 people also said it was from watching the YouTube video Dairy is Scary by Erin Janus.
        • 2% or 36 people said it was from watching Earthling Ed street interviews, while Earthling Ed's speech accounted for an additional 1.4% or 26 people's motivation.
        • 1.1% or 20 people said it was from watching videos put out by PETA.
        • 27.9% or 513 people chose "Other" which included Vegan Gains YouTube videos (17 people), Mic the Vegan's YouTube videos (17 people), Joey Carbstrong's videos (16 people), That Vegan Couple's videos (15 people), Ellen Fisher's videos (14 people), YouTuber Kalel's "Why I'm vegan" video that has since been taken down (13 people), Phillip Wollen's "Animals should be off the menu" debate speech (10 people), Bite Size Vegan's YouTube videos (7 people), Happy Healthy Vegan's YouTube videos (7 people), Durianrider videos (6 people), Unnatural Vegan videos (6 people), as well as the trailers to full-length vegan films (3 people) and more.
        • When asked how they became aware of the video...
          • 41.7% or 767 people came across the video that made them interested or convinced to go vegan on YouTube.
          • 34.1% or 627 people came across it on another social media platform other than YouTube.
          • 9.8% or 180 people were recommended it by a friend or a family member.
          • 6.8% or 125 people didn't remember how they became aware of it.
          • 1.7% or 31 people were recommended the video by a public activist, and another 0.3% or 5 people said it was on the leaflet the activist gave them...
          • 5.8% or 106 people chose "Other" which mostly included searching online, as well as news websites, animal charities websites and more.
        • When asked on which platform they watched the video...
          • 65.7% or 1209 people watched the video clip that made them interested or convinced to go vegan on YouTube.
          • 22.5% or 414 people watched the video clip that made them interested or convinced to go vegan on Facebook.
          • 4.9% or 90 people said they didn't remember where they watched it.
          • 3.3% or 61 people said they watched it on some "other website".
          • 1.4% or 35 people watched it on Instagram.
          • 0.9% or 16 people watched it on Netflix.
          • 0.1% or 2 people said they watched it on Twitter...
          • 1.4% or 26 people chose "Other" which mostly included watching it on DVD.

        SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

          2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - What types of social media posts are most effective for turning people vegan?

          This question was only asked to the 1,690 people (or 13.2% of all survey participants) who previously said the first thing that made them seriously consider going vegan was posts on social media.

          • 42% or 1096 people said watching videos on their news feed was initially responsible for sparking their interest in veganism.
          • 20% or 521 people had their interest in veganism sparked by reading other people's comments.
          • 9.5% or 258 people had their interest in veganism sparked via Instagram photos.
          • 12.2% or 318 people had their interest in veganism sparked by photos on other social media platforms than Instagram.
          • 7.5% or 197 people had their interest in veganism sparked by seeing "vegan memes".
          • 2.3% or 60 people had their interest in veganism initially sparked by Twitter tweets.
          • When asked which platform they saw the posts on...
            • 60.1% or 1,404 people saw the post that first made them seriously consider going vegan on Facebook.
            • 17.6% or 411 people saw it on Instagram.
            • 13.7% or 320 people saw it on YouTube.
          • When asked how they became aware of these social media posts...
            • 37.7% or 697 people first became aware of the social media posts that initially sparked their interest in veganism after they were shared by someone they knew personally.
            • 28.3% or 523 people first became aware of these posts after they were shared by an activist they did not know personally but followed on social media.
            • 16.6% or 308 people didn't remember how they became aware of the posts that initially sparked their interest in veganism.
            • 11.4% or 211 people said the posts were vegan related but from non-vegan pages they followed.
            • 6% or 111 people said the posts that initially sparked their interest in veganism were from a celebrity or public figure they followed.
          •  When asked what topics were covered in these posts...
            • 54.6% or 1,591 people said "Ethics for the animals".
            • 24.1% or 701 people said "Environment".
            • 21.3% or 620 people said "Health".
              (Multiple options were allowed, and this question was left optional, which is why 5 less people answered it.)

          BLOGS & ONLINE ARTICLES

          2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - Which blog turned the most people vegan?

           This question was only asked to the 568 people (or 4.4% of all survey participants) who previously said the first thing that made them seriously consider going vegan was reading an article or blog post.

          • The majority of people, 59.3% or 337 people, said they did not remember which website they read the article or blog on.
          • 7.7% or 44 people said the article or blog they first read that got them interested or convinced to go vegan was from a personal blogger.
          • 6.5% or 37 people said it was a PETA article or blog post that first sparked their interest or convinced them to go vegan.
          • 4.6% or 26 people said it was an article or blog on a non-vegan news platform like News.com.au that first got them interested or convinced to go vegan.
          • Plant Based News blogs or article were responsible for 10 people (1.8%) first being interested or convinced to go vegan, Live Kindly blogs / articles made 5 people (0.9%), and it's because of VegNews articles and blog posts that 3 people (0.5%) were first interested or convinced to be vegan.
          • 16.5% or 94 people chose "Other" which included a range of different charities, newspapers and websites.
          • When asked what topics were covered in the blog or article...
            • 45.8% or 443 people said "Ethics for the animals".
            • 27.9% or 270 people said "Health".
            • 26.3% or 255 people said "Environment".
              (Note: multiple choices were allowed.)

          NEWSPAPER & MAGAZINE PRINT ARTICLES

          2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - Which newspaper and magazine turned the most people vegan?

          This question was only asked to the 126 people (or 0.98% of all survey participants) who previously said the first thing that made them seriously consider going vegan was reading a print article in a newspaper or magazine.

          • As with the previous question, the largest group, 36.5% or 46 people didn't remember where they read the article.
          • 17.5% or 22 people read the print article that made them first seriously consider or be convinced to go vegan in their national daily newspaper.
          • 16.7% or 21 people read the influential article in a vegan magazine.
          • 11.9% or 15 people read it a physical print article by PETA.
          • 7.1% or 9 people read it in a health magazine.
          • 1.6% or 2 people said that a celebrity magazine, their local daily newspaper and a vegetarian magazine article made them first seriously consider going vegan.
          • 5.6% or 7 people chose "Other" which mainly included pamphlets from religions and charities as well as academic papers.

          PUBLIC ACTIVISM

          2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - What is the most effective form of public activism?

          This question was only asked to the 185 people (or 1.45% of all survey participants) who previously said the first thing that made them seriously consider going vegan was public activism.

          • 20.5% or 38 people said encountering an activist handing out leaflets was the first thing that made them seriously consider going vegan.
          • 18.9% or 35 people said the type of public activism that first made them interested in or convinced to go vegan was an Anonymous for the Voiceless Cube of Truth event. Although, because of the less descriptive wording in the two most popular options it's possible that an Anonymous for the Voiceless event (where leaflets are also handed out) actually accounted for more than represented here.
          • 17.3% or 32 people were first interested in or convinced to go vegan because of an animal rights protest or march.
          • 8.6% or 16 people was due to talking to an activist on the street other than an Anonymous for the Voiceless event.
          • 7% or 13 people did not remember what kind of public activism it was.
          • 4.9% or 9 people said the Earthlings Experience made them interested in or seriously consider going vegan first. 
          • 1.6% or 3 people said it was a disruption at a public place, restaurant, shop, mall etc in the vein of DXE: Direct Action Everywhere that first made them interested in or seriously consider going vegan. 1.6% or 3 people also said the same thing about The Save Movement.
          • 19.5% or 36 people chose "Other" which mostly included the work of the Animal Liberation Front as well as festivals, friends, sanctuaries and more.

          SPEECHES & LECTURES

          2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - Where did you see the speech or lecture that turned you vegan?

          This question was only asked to the 172 people (or 1.35% of all survey participants) who previously said the first thing that made them seriously consider going vegan was a speech or lecture.

          • 24.4% or 42 people said the first thing that made them seriously consider going vegan was a speech or lecture held at their university or college.
          • 16.3% or 28 people said it was from a speech at another "social club".
          • 5.8% or 10 people said the speech or lecture that first made them interested in or convinced to go vegan was held at a vegan festival. 
          • 5.8% or 10 people also said they heard the speech at a "conference." Although, due to less descriptive wording in the two answers, and lack of description from some participants, "conference" and "vegan festival" may have been used somewhat interchangeably.
          • 5.2% or 9 people said the speech or lecture was held at their primary or high school.
          • 2.9% or 5 people said at their workplace held the talk. Although, due to less specific wording in the answers, "conference" and "work" may have been used interchangeably.
          • 39.5% or 68 people chose "Other" which included yoga schools, church, animals sanctuaries, TEDx talks, Tony Robbins events and more.
          • When asked "What topics were covered in the speech or lecture?"...
            • 41% or 126 people said "Ethics for the animals".
            • 31% or 95 people said "Health"
            • 28% or 86 people said "Environment".
              (Multiple answers were allowed.) 
          • 76.7% or 132 people answered the optional question of "Who was the speaker?" and James Aspey appeared to be the most influential vegan speaker, turning 9 participants vegan, followed by Gary Yourofsky and Phillip Wollen with 5 people each. Other speakers with more than one vote included Dr Melanie Joy (3 people), Tony Robbins (3 people), Dr Michael Greger (2 people) and Joey Carbstrong (2 people).

          YOUR VEGAN INFLUENCE

          When all 12,814 vegan survey participants were asked, "Have you ever influenced or convinced someone to go vegan?"...

          • 50.5% or 6,476 people said "Yes".
          • 12.5% or 1603 people said "No".
          • 37% or 4,735 people said "Maybe, possibly, it's hard to say."

            2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - How did you influence someone to go vegan?

            This question was only asked to the 6,476 people (or 50.5% of total survey participants) who previously said they had influenced or convinced someone else to be vegan. Multiple options were allowed.

            • 31.8% or 4,721 people influenced or convinced someone to go vegan by having a discussion with them.
            • 22.9% or 3,398 people influenced or convinced someone to go vegan by showing them great food.
            • 20.5% or 3,037 people influenced or convinced someone to go vegan by recommending them to watch a documentary or video or read a book.
            • 14.5% or 2,175 people said they influenced or convinced someone to go vegan on social media through comments, sharing posts and tagging people.
            • 4.1% or 614 people said they influenced or convinced someone to go vegan with a pubic discussion ie. Anonymous for the Voiceless.
            • 3.7% or 543 people influenced or convinced someone to go vegan by creating content such as videos, blogs, memes, recipes, art and books.
            • 2.5% or 365 people influenced or convinced someone to go vegan by bringing them to a lecture, speech or other event.
            • There were 14,826 total responses for this question, meaning that the 6,476 people who answered it selected 2.28 options each on average.

            2019 Global Vegan Survey by VomadLife.com - Why do people go vegan? - What is the most effective way to influence or convince someone to go vegan?

            This question was asked to all 12,814 participants, who were each allowed to select up to three options from a possible eleven.

            • 28.1% or 8925 people selected "Show them good vegan food", making it the most popular option for the most effective way to influence or convince someone to go vegan.
            • 18.6% or 5,920 people said initiate conversations.
            • 14.3% or 4,537 people said get active on social media.
            • 14.1% or 4,480 people said get fit and/or improve health as a vegan.
            • 13.5% or 4,303 people said promote vegan documentaries, books and videos.
            • 4.1% or 1,299 people said creating your own content.
            • 3.9% or 1230 people said participate in the Cube of Truth by AV.
            • 2% or 642 people said "get active in public".
            • 0.8% or 270 people said wear vegan clothes.
            • 0.3% or 109 people said work out in vegan clothes.
            • 0.3% or 86 people said chalking, graffiti and stencilling.
            • This question had a total of 35,437 submissions which meant all 12,814 participants selected 2.76 options each on average.

            2019 Global Vegan Survey results only on VomadLife.com - Why Do People Go Vegan?

            SUMMARY

            • There were 12,814 vegan participants from 97 countries, but 74.3% of those were from Australia, the UK, the US, Canada and New Zealand.
            • 81.9% or 10,494 participants were female.
            • 56.9% or 7,292 people were between 18 and 34 years old.
            • 68.1% or 8,729 participants went vegan for the animals.
            • 79.8% or 10,227 people went vegan in the last 5 years.
            • 50.6% or 6,841 people went vegan overnight.
            • More survey participants became vegan after watching a feature-length documentary than by any other means.
            • In terms of turning people vegan, What The Health (2017) was the most influential documentary.
            • In terms of turning people vegan, The China Study by T. Colin Campbell PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II MD was the most influential book.
            • In terms of turning people vegan, Gary Yourofsky appeared to have the most influential video clips online.
            • In terms of turning people vegan, Veganuary was the most popular and influential "vegan challenge".
            • In terms of turning people vegan, activists handing out leaflets appeared to be the most influential form of public activism.
            • In terms of turning people vegan, James Aspey appeared to be the most influential public speaker.
            • 50.5% of participants or 6,476 people said they had convinced someone else to be vegan, and 31.8% of those said they did it by "having a conversation with them", making it the most popular option, followed by 22.9% who did it by "showing them great vegan food".
              Although interestingly, when asked "In your opinion, what is the most effective way to influence or convince people to go vegan?", 28.1% said "show them great vegan food" making it the most popular option, followed by 18.6% who chose "initiate conversations".

            Notes, potential biases and future refinements:

            The creators of this survey (VomadLife.com) are no in way affiliated with any other individuals or organisations mentioned in the survey.

            This survey is biased towards English language speakers, as the survey was only shared in English. This could help further explain why 75% of all survey participants came from Australia, the UK, the US, Canada and New Zealand.

            While Australia undoubtedly has some very committed and influential vegan activists, more survey participants were Australian than any other nationality (22.5%) which could further explain any trend in popularity towards Australian vegan activists.

            Any bias towards online methods of activism could be explained by the fact that survey was conducted online and shared almost exclusively through social media.

            See my notes here for a thorough discussion on the apparent lack of effectiveness of public activism represented in this survey (1.4% of participants first seriously considered going vegan a result of public activism).

            The gap in gender (80% of participants were female) could be an exaggerated percentage for two reasons. Firstly, the survey was shared almost exclusively through social media and women do appear to use all social media more than men do. Secondly, of all the people on the internet, 83% of women and 75% of men use Facebook, which was the main platform this survey was shared on.

            It's worth noting that the main age group of survey participants was between 18 and 34 years old (56.9% of participants), which correlates with the main age groups of social media users in general.

            In the next survey we conduct, the wording of multiple questions will be improved for clarity, we will try to remove any suggestions to possible future answers in questions, we will try to avoid naming organisations to avoid influencing responses and the project will be larger in scope and reach.

            I WANT TO THANK ALL THE 12,814 VEGANS WHO TOOK PART IN THIS SURVEY.

            ...and everyone who shared the link around social media to get more participants.

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