NewsPublic Affairs / November 2, 2016

Survey Finds Correlation Between What People Drive And How They Vote

If cars are an extensions of our personalities, could they also be an extension of the ballot box? Election 2016, auto2016-11-02T00:00:00-04:00
Survey Finds Correlation Between What People Drive And How They Vote

If cars are an extensions of our personalities, could they also be an extension of the ballot box? 

Swapalease.com occasionally does surveys to plot correlations between drivers and the cars they choose.  And, as the election approaches, they wondered if there is a correlation between what somebody drives and how they vote. 

Turns out, there is.

An online survey was taken by 2,500 drivers across the U.S. in September.  Of the respondents, 41 percent said they are registered Republicans while 27 percent are Democrats.  Sixty-eight percent were male and 32 percent female.  And, 39 percent said they were planning to vote for Republican Donald Trump; 36 percent will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton.  This is probably not the most scientific of surveys, but the results are fun to ponder.

The survey asked which vehicle matches the respondent’s personality.  Democrats and women chose Tesla while Republicans and men selected the Corvette.  Both political affiliations said they will keep their vehicle 21-36 months, however women said longer than five years. 

Expenses also fall along party lines.  Democrats said they’re most concerned about repair and maintenance costs while Republicans focus more on the initial cost of their vehicle, which they perceive to be escalating.

Other more amusing questions followed:

Which describes the personality of this year’s election?

Some that came to mind were “A driverless car” (34.03 percent), “A four-wheel SUV going off road where ever it wants” (29.84 percent), “A Volkswagen where what you see, may not be what you get” (18.41 percent), “Battle of the Hummers” (16.32 percent), and a “Chevy Volt” (1.40 percent).

What type of car do you think each candidate drives?

The Mercedes GL-Class and Cadillac Escalade made the “Top Two” for each candidate – not surprising since they are large SUVs, often painted “Secret Service Black.”  More thought Clinton would drive the Mercedes-Benz while Trump would drive the Escalade.

One thing for sure; we won’t have to wait much longer to find out who gets to ride in a shiny new black Cadillac limo that will make its debut next January during the Inaugural Parade.

 

 

Related News

IU Gets $300K Grant To Preserve Angel Mounds Artifacts
Congress Backs Designating Fort Wayne For Airmail Museum
French Lick Resort Planning $17M Expansion, Sports Bar