In a new report titled "Americans and Their Cars: Is the Romance on the Skids?" Pew researchers compare the results of a Gallup poll from 1991 on Americans' attitude toward their cars to the results of a 2006 survey, and the trends are disturbing. A few highlights:
- only 69 percent of drivers say that they like to drive (down from 79 percent in 1991)
- just 23 percent consider their car "something special - more than just a way to get around," compared to 43 percent 15 years ago
- only 20 percent of American drivers say they like to drive "a great deal," down markedly from the 29 percent in 1991.
Needless to say, we here at Autoblog HQ fall squarely in the group of unabashed car lovers. It seems to us that a more interesting survey would compare driver enjoyment for, say, Corvette drivers and Ford Taurus drivers, or Mustang drivers and minivan drivers. Maybe, just maybe, our love affair with cars has been tarnished by too many soulless products.
The report is a fun read - download the full report (pdf) here, or read the summary article here.
[Source: Pew Research Center]