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Published on February 5th, 2013 | by Guest Contributor

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Volt Owners Are Almost Equally Republicans & Democrats, Poll Finds

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February 5th, 2013 by
 
Here’s another great post from the always apt (I think) “Volt Owner” over at My Chevy Volt:

An interesting poll is currently underway on gm-volt.com.  The poll is soliciting responses for those who own a Volt or are strongly considering owning one, asking “Did you vote for Obama or not?”  Presumably, the original intent of the poster was to find out who is registered as a Republican or Democrat, but as evidenced in the thread, there are a few self-professed Republicans that voted for Obama.  Nevertheless, while the poll isn’t scientific, and is not as clear cut as I would like (Are you a registered Democrat, Republican, or Independent would have been better), the results still say a lot.

With just over 100 votes collected, the poll is evenly split.




 
I am sure to most Volt owners, this is a ‘duh’ moment.  But it seems to many in the media, and those blogging critically on the Volt, that owning a Volt is like having a drivable billboard advertising that you are a hardcore tree hugging liberal (I am using that term affectionately here, not intended as derogatory).  While there are plenty of those types of people that drive the Volt and other electrics, there are plenty of Volt driving Republicans that would disagree with that assertion.

I have long wondered how it is possible so many Republican leaders have gotten the ‘electric car’ issue completely wrong, pigeoning it as a left wing environmentalists brain child.   It’s not even close to the truth.  Especially for the Volt, when it was pioneered by conservative GOPer, Bob Lutz, that professed he didn’t believe in global warming.

This poll, while small, should be a wakeup call.  More and more Republicans, like myself, are rejecting undisciplined and unintelligent platforms, especially as it pertains to energy.  Republican leadership risks alienating more and more people, like me, when they spout and support ignorant and incomplete assessments or our country’s dire energy situation.  They also risk being on the wrong side of history, and I think that’s going to happen a lot sooner than expected.

As I tell critics, you could believe the entire environmental movement is complete crock, that global warming is a hoax, and that electric cars provide no benefit to the environment over traditional gas guzzlers, and STILL support this country making a concerted effort to significantly diversify our country away from oil and towards electric.  I explained all of my reasoning to this endeavor back in my first post.

The electrification movement is an ‘American thing’, and the sooner the thought leaders in my party get on board, the better it will be for all of us.

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  • science guru

    Volt owners are not Democrat or Republican, they are just SMART people. Nearly all electric car owners have a complimentary solar electric system on their rooftop.

  • bill

    >> the poll isn’t scientific
    I’m a tree-hugging EV owner that owns a large solar array.. but if you understood how ridiculous it is to post the results of a *non-scientific poll*… while using the title above, then you would be quite embarrassed.. I’m embarrassed just reading it.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Duly noted.

  • Otis11

    “As I tell critics, you could believe the entire environmental movement is complete crock, that global warming is a hoax, and that electric cars provide no benefit to the environment over traditional gas guzzlers, and STILL support this country making a concerted effort to significantly diversify our country away from oil and towards [renewable] electric.”

    This. Getting off of imported fossil fuels will keep billions of dollars right here in our own economy. I don’t have a problem with a global market place – in fact when it’s done right it’s a benefit to everyone involved – but fixing a trade deficit this massive is a good thing now matter how you view government/global warming/environmental policy.

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