Favorite cars of Democrats and Republicans

November 5, 2012 12:00 AM

With Election Day right around the corner, Total Car Score decided to survey voters to find out what the top vehicles are for Democrats and Republicans. Results showed that, while the top cars differ across party lines, there are several similarities between the two groups.

Drivers who identified themselves as Republicans or Conservatives were more likely to drive a truck, with 29 percent of the group claiming to own heavy-duty vehicles. According to a similar study by MSN, Republicans were also more likely to make up the majority of convertible purchases (69 percent) and gravitate toward larger, pricier models of cars. Those identifying themselves as Democrats or Liberals reported driving economy or compact cars, with 27 percent of owners driving a sedan in that category.

The one place where parties came together was with regard to SUVs and Crossover vehicles, with about 20 percent of Republicans and 18 percent of Democrats driving one of these large cars. In addition, hybrid cars or alternative-fuel vehicles were among the least-popular car types for each group, likely due to the costly nature of vehicle maintenance.

"While the most popular vehicle type for each political group is very different, the SUV/crossover segment is the second most-driven vehicle category for both Republicans and Democrats," said Karl Brauer, editor-in-chief of Total Car Score. "This explains why the SUV/Crossover segment has grown so much over the past 12 years." 

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