Democrats, Republicans miles apart in car survey


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In an online survey by, Republicans identified with a Chevrolet Corvette (above), while Democrats preferred Tesla.

A new survey from reveals that 34 percent of Americans view the election as a “driverless car,” while almost 30 percent see it as a “four-wheel SUV going off road wherever it wants.”

The 2016 Election and Cars survey, conducted online in September, looked at the characteristics of drivers based on their political preference. It found that most Democrats felt the outcome of the election would have no bearing on when they shop for a new car, but 25 percent of Republicans said the election results could play a role in their car shopping.

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The survey also found that 60 percent of Democrat respondents were worried most about high repair and maintenance costs of their cars, while 58 percent of Republican drivers were concerned most about the rising cost of cars and trucks.

When asked which car best matches their personality, most Democrats chose Tesla, while most Republicans chose the Chevrolet Corvette. In terms of the personalities of the two presidential candidates, those surveyed pictured the candidates behind the wheel of SUVs. Respondents thought Hillary Clinton would prefer to drive a Mercedes-Benz GL Class, and that Donald Trump’s preference would be the Cadillac Escalade.

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Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.