After a Hillary Clinton supporter referred to Barack Obama supporters as “latte-drinking, Prius-driving, Birkenstock-wearing, trust fund babies,” Ethan, from Urbanspoon.com, wondered whether there was actually a statistical correlation between a voter’s tastes in cars, footwear and caffeinated beverages, and their taste in Democratic Presidential candidates. With no direct data available on the subject, Ethan decided to look at the per capita numbers of Starbucks locations, hybrid car owners, and Birkenstock buyers in each state to see whether it correlated to results in the Democratic primaries.
So are hybrid car owners actually more likely to vote for Obama? Not according to this measure. Ethan found no statistically significant correlation between hybrid ownership and the percentage of Obama voters in each state. That doesn’t mean for sure that hybrid drivers don’t support Obama more, but if they do it’s going to require some more exacting research to determine it. Interestingly enough, there was a correlation between the number of Obama supporters and number of Starbucks franchises in each state.