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Democrats Lost A Whole Lot Of Love For Tesla Cars Last Fall After Elon Musk's Erratic Posts On X, Survey Reveals

Published 22/04/2024, 13:52
© Reuters.  Democrats Lost A Whole Lot Of Love For Tesla Cars Last Fall After Elon Musk's Erratic Posts On X, Survey Reveals

Benzinga - by Anan Ashraf, Benzinga Editor.

Despite the Democratic Party‘s advocacy for electric vehicles, the proportion of Democrats purchasing Tesla cars reportedly declined a lot last fall.

What Happened: According to a report from The Wall Street Journal citing a survey by researcher Strategic Vision, the percentage of Democrats buying Tesla vehicles dropped by over 60% in October and November.

This decline coincided with controversial remarks made by CEO Elon Musk on social media, including endorsing an anti-Semitic tweet. Combined with waning demand, these factors negatively impacted the company’s sales.

The WSJ report noted that Democrats accounted for 40% of Tesla customers among 2022 model-year buyers. However, this figure dropped to 39% in 2023 and further declined to 15% in the 2024 model year survey that began in October.

Meanwhile, Republicans increased to 32%, and independents rose to 44% during the same period, indicating a decrease in Tesla’s popularity among Democrats.

However, despite the decline in Tesla purchases by Democrats in 2023, the numbers rebounded this year, with Democrats accounting for 35% of the brand’s sales through late February.

Politics Vs. Cars? U.S. Representative and Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, despite her criticism of Musk, owned a Tesla that she expressed a desire to replace with a union-made EV in September. It is unclear if she has already replaced the vehicle. Similarly, despite his criticism of EVs, former President Donald Trump has previously owned a Tesla Roadster himself.

Musk’s Political Leanings: Despite Trump’s criticism of EVs, Musk appears to be against President Joe Biden and in favor of Trump. Musk expressed his support for the Republican Party in a post on X in March, stating, “There is either a red wave this November or America is doomed.” He has also criticized Biden for his handling of illegal immigration and made jokes about his age.

Why Does It Matter: Tesla does not segment its delivery data by vehicle model or geography, instead opting to report combined global numbers. Earlier this month, Tesla reported an 8.5% year-on-year decline in first-quarter deliveries, with 386,810 vehicles delivered worldwide.

Sales numbers also appeared to dip in the U.S., with Tesla selling 140,187 electric vehicles last quarter, a 13.3% drop from the corresponding quarter in 2023, according to data from automotive research company Kelley Blue Book.

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