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2009 Hummer H3

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Having a hard time telling if your neighbors are voting Obama or McCain? Kelley Blue Book suggests that the vehicle they drive may be a strong indicator of whom they plan on casting a ballot for next week.

Wow, the pollsters really are delving into the minutiae this year. Just like animals can tend to look like their owners, it seems something can be learned about a person's voting preference based solely on their wheels. In the absence of yard signs, t-shirts, or vehement streetside arguments to give you a hint what the Joneses' will be doing in the voting booth, consider these trends as reported by Detroit Free Press:

McCain, they say, enjoys strong support from domestic cars, SUV and pickup owners. Just like their experienced candidate, some of these platforms (and their technology) have been around for decades. While they may not drive with the eloquence or dance with the panache of the democratic rival, they are proven, solid, meat-and-potatoes kinda vehicles that Americans trust. Some Americans, anyway.

2008 Ford Escape Hybrid

2008 Ford Escape Hybrid

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Obama voters, it seems, "tend to own foreign makes, smaller cars, and hybrids." You know, automotive elitists, just like their wildly popular candidate. What's more, some of these vehicles, especially the European ones - GASP! - are produced in countries where socialists reign. Forced to develop fuel-sipping technologies due to high petrol prices years ago, these vehicles are enjoying sudden favor as the American market and worker are brought to their knees by a nonstop succession of financial crises.

We ask you this: with irrefutable economic changes forcing many Americans to abandon their guzzling SUVs and trucks in favor smaller cars and hybrids, might the rapidly changing vehicular trends be a harbinger of election results next week?

We at TheCarConnection.com do NOT endorse a candidate. We are too obsessed (and too busy) traveling, writing, and wrenching on cars for pesky political endorsements. We'd gladly get engaged in a Traverse vs. Flex, or Highlander vs. Pilot argument, but we'll leave the politics to the politicos.

What do you drive, and how do you think it does or does not fit into KBB's trends as mentioned above? And just what would a Nader voter drive?--Colin Mathews
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Comments (9)
  1. 08 Corolla Driver here - going McCain>/b> all the way!
     
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  2. 08 Corolla Driver here - going McCain all the way!
     
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  3. Ex-Corolla (American car) and Ex-GTO (Australian car) driver here - OBAMA all the way.
     
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  4. Subaru Outback here, which is a total lock for Obama. There was a great study done in the last 2-3 years that mapped party registrations against car makes.
    Subaru was the most Democratic make ... but does anyone remember what the most Republic make was ? ? ?
     
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  5. Denali, F350, Park Avenue, Impala, Vintage Buicks and Bikes, last series CTS-V. Small manufacturing business. Mc Cain or what?
     
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  6. @ Mike C. If you currently own all of those vehicles I can definitely see why you're voting McCain
     
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  7. HAve been a REGISTERED Dem all my life, even voted for Bubba in 92, for lack of a better choice, BUT since 1998, I vote STRAIGHT Non-DEM (preferably REP) and do Not see any improvement in that corrupt party.
    My cars are NOT the silly stereotypes in this article.
    The only domestic I ever owned was a 1983 Pontiac fuel efficient J2000 5-speed. I currently own a Honda civic hatch (VERY agile and efficient city car for 5) and a MAgnificent 7 BMW Bond-mobile 98 740iL.
    Obviously I am for McCain ALL THE WAY. I cannot believe that mental case, plagiarist, hair plug-Botix enhanced -gaffe machine JOE BIDEN could well be our next VP!!!
     
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  8. I'm currently car-free in Manhattan but formerly a Chevy Blazer SUV driver...voting Obama without a doubt.
    This post is very biased in associating Obama with the words "elitist" and "socialist," while associating McCain with "experienced" and "proven." It's really not a big deal (is that why my earlier comment didn't go through?) but just wanted to point it out, respectfully.
     
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  9. About Obama being elitest check out this video from the onion:
    http://www.theonion.com/content/video/portrayal_of_obama_as_elitist
     
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