Is Your Car A Republican or Democrat?
What your vehicle tells other people about who you are
When General Motors announced they were discontinuing the Hummer brand in February of 2010, Daily Show host Jon Stewart commented that owners of the giant utility vehicle had a problem: now Hummer drivers would have to go door to door to tell people they’re a jerk.
No matter how often we may turn out to be wrong, we do make assumptions about people based on the car they drive. And because we know others do the same, our auto-buying choices are made with some attention to the image we want to convey. According to an owner survey just released, the car you drive provides a clue to whether you vote along Republican or Democratic lines.
The survey culled 38,000 responses from people who had purchased new vehicles in 2011 and 2012. Among the findings:
• Republicans opted for bigger, pricier models, while Dems chose smaller, more affordable ones.
• Republicans accounted for 69% of convertible purchases, and Democrats only 17%.
• Among Republicans, the Ford Mustang convertible was the most popular car, followed by Audi A8, Mercedes GL-Class, Ford Expedition, and Ford F-150. Republicans also favored large SUVs by a wide margin (76%, compared to 5% of Dems).
• Among Democrats the top choice was the Honda Civic Hybrid, followed by the Volvo C30, Nissan Leaf, Acura TSX Sport Wagon, and Ford Fiesta.
• Large SUVs were favored by 76% of Republicans compared to 5% of Democrats
The consumer research group Strategic Vision conducted the survey to provide automakers with helpful marketing data (“If I were selling a convertible, I’d consider buying some air-time on Fox News,” said president Alexander Edwards). From the consumer side, the survey provides a clue into which carefully crafted images we’re buying into -- and who we are. A VP from Strategic Vision told The New York Times that the popularity of convertibles among Republicans indicates a mindset emphasizing freedom and reward. All the top choices by Democrats matched a separate survey on total auto value, indicating an emphasis on practicality.
Automakers are non-partisan when it comes to accepting car payments, but they do cultivate a customer image with extreme caution. Just look at the current crop of commercials. Subaru drivers are outdoorsy and probably have played hacky sack at some point in the past. Honda drivers are smart shoppers. Scion drivers cruise through neon cities, preferably at midnight with the music blasting. Lexus drivers are not always cleanly shaven but always handsome, particularly when glancing in the rear view.
Not everyone chooses a car as a status symbol, and dozens of factors influence any purchase as expensive as a new automobile. But our choices do reveal something about who we are and/or the image we’re comfortable portraying. If you’re the one wearing a red dress to a party, you probably didn’t drive there in a station wagon. If you’re the practical type, you’re not expected to pull up in a checkered MINI Cooper.
Are you immune, or have you bought into a well-crafted media message? And if you’re enjoying the springtime in your new Mustang convertible, can we count on you to vote Republican this fall?
Ok, if I'm gay, I drive a subaru. If I'm a conservative I may drive and electric or a Ford F-150 depending on how you define conservative. If I'm a liberal I drive a Honda, Volvo, or any foreign made car while saying that I'm for the working guy. Yep, what you drive reflects who your are.
Ok. Not that I believe that the car you drive says anything about you other than what you like. I have owned Chevy's, buicks, pontiacs, fords, hondas, BMW and now a cadillac. So does that mean that I changed my political views and parties every time I bought a new car?
You buy what you like and what you can afford at the time.
This survey means Nothing at all...
Just some writer killing time on their job...
Another useless survey wasting more money...
To all those BLUE prius owners; get off the road so I can drive my BMW faster; yes, I'm a Republican, patriot, grandmother, widow. I love my car but I love my country more.....AND, by the way, I pray and belong to the NRA (and own a gun).
It is funny because Dems, who support unions, typically drive foreign which has little to do with the UAW, and other unions that provide steel or mining or other raw materials for the auto industry. Environmentalists generally drive foreign but that is to be expected.
I am fiscally conservative, socially liberal, environmentally friendly and at a compete loss as to what kind of a car to purchase next? I've got a volkswagen Jetta and a Chevy Suburban. how messed up is that? Thats why I can't figure out who to vote for either.
What kind of car you drive has more to do with your finances and age. And whether or not you are concerned about the environment or gas mileage. And whether you are a cheap skate or a spend thrift. It is definately a clue to your personality. But your politics?, not so much.
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