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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 4 -- Partisan Car Preferences.

Today's trivia tidbit (actually, a few tidbits):

...buyers of American cars tend to be Republican - except, for some reason, those who buy Pontiacs, who tend to be Democrats. Foreign-brand compact cars are usually bought by Democrats - but not Mini Coopers, which are bought by almost equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans.
...Porsche owners identified themselves as Republican more often than owners of any other cars, with 59 percent calling themselves Republicans, 27 percent Democrats and the rest either calling themselves independents or declining to answer. Jaguars and Land Rovers also registered as very "Republican" vehicles.
...Volvos were the most "Democratic" cars, by 44 to 32 percent, followed by Subarus and Hyundais.
...a Jeep Grand Cherokee S.U.V. was more than half again as likely to be bought by a Republican than by a Democrat, at 46 percent to 28. Among Hummer buyers, the Republican-to-Democrat ratio was a whopping 52 to 23.
...minivans skewed blue, just as Chely Wright surmised in her song. At first glance, this might seem odd, because Republican car buyers tended to have more children - 3.5 on average, versus 1.7 for the Democratic buyers.
"A person in a red state will start with an average of 2.5 vehicles on the shopping list. In the blue states the average is 6."
...buyers of the Toyota Prius hybrid were Democrats by a 35 to 22 percent. Democrats in general are more fond of smaller cars (the Ford Escort and Dodge Neon both skewed blue by about 34 to 20)
The No. 1 vehicle bought by millionaires is the Ford F-Series pickup truck...
...Saab owners were about twice as likely to be Democrats.
...Saturn... aficionados... skew heavily Democratic, by 39 to 11 among last year's car buyers...

Source: The New York Times (via PoliPundit), adapted from the consumer research findings of Scarborough Research, a New York market research firm.

Previous trivia tidbits:

Part 1.
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Stay tuned to WILLisms.com for more daily trivia tidbits.

Posted by Will Franklin · 2 April 2005 07:17 AM

Comments

Interesting tidbit...HMmmm ... It rings true for me as to what I drive! Come to think of it, as to the number of children I have too...Good tidbit! You are a special little blog!

Posted by: Marge at April 2, 2005 09:33 AM

Buying a Prius is a bit of an intelligence test.

First, you stop and think about how many places are going to be able to service your hybrid. Next, you think about what happens in a market with no competition and lots of demand. Finally, if you make it to the last step and buy a Prius to save on gas...

You fail.

Posted by: McGroarty at April 2, 2005 10:12 AM