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Public Fleet Managers Lean Republican, According to GF Survey

November 05, 2012

TORRANCE, CA – Barack Obama's presidential election win on Tuesday no doubt disappointed many public fleet managers. According to the results of a survey of Government Fleet readership, most think the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan team would be more beneficial for fleet operations and will be voting for them. Of survey respondents, 63% said they would vote Republican while 31% said they would vote Democrat.

Comments by responders focused on the worry about national debt and too much government interference, and the need for political parties to work together to achieve results and for the U.S. to become fossil-fuel independent by focusing on alternative fuels.

While fleet managers on both camps expressed their frustration with the other party, (“I’m worried about retirement benefits if Republicans gain control,” and “I feel the current party has done more harm than good”), many also advocated for the parties to work together to achieve results.

“Nothing will change the way the government is run until we get both houses of Congress in line together for the benefit of the nation,” one American Independent reader voting for Romney said, echoing the comments of other respondents. “Neither choice for the presidency can really make a difference until Congress changes.”

One of the most oft-cited concerns among respondents was the national debt. “The national debt is the main issue I think will impact everything else,” a fleet manager wrote. Those who commented on the national debt were all voting for Romney and had voted Republican in 2008.

The Debate About Alternative Fuels

With gas prices, independence from imported oil, and alternative-fuels on everyone’s minds, the Politics Survey asked what fleet managers thought about global warming and alternative-fuel vehicles. Survey results show that 48% of public fleet managers believe there is not enough evidence to determine whether climate change is man-made, while 37% believe there is. Filtered by the candidate readers will vote for on Tuesday, 81% of Obama supporters believe current evidence supports man-made climate change, and 68% of Romney supporters believe there is not enough evidence.

Many government fleets are or have switched to alternative-fuel due to federal and local government mandates as well as agency-wide sustainability plans. Most fleet managers (58%) are against government requirements to use more alternative-fuel fleet vehicles if doing so increases costs while 31% were in favor of this idea.

The survey also asked if the government should offer subsidies for companies to develop alternative energy sources or let the marketplace determine how alt-fuel use develops. The majority (58%) believe the government should leave it to the marketplace, while 41% favored government intervention.

“If the government is going to subsidize the oil industry to keep or make them competitive, why would they not subsidize alternative sources of energy?” an Obama supporter who favors government intervention in alternative fuels asked. Another Obama supporter agreed, calling the higher amount of subsidies to oil companies “an unfair playing field.”

Updated 11/7/12 at 4:45 p.m.


  1. 1. Frank McIlvenny [ November 05, 2012 @ 01:56PM ]

    The theory of climate change? Is it really a theory? The question itself is misleading. It still baffles me that the facts are not presented. The top climatologist in the world all agree that man made global warming is a fact, but 48% of fleet managers don't. Might be time for some educlimatation.

  2. 2. Craig [ November 05, 2012 @ 02:05PM ]

    Sorry Frank. Not all leading scientists believe what you believe. It is a theory. It is not fact:

  3. 3. Von Trimnble [ November 05, 2012 @ 07:11PM ]

    Seems that Fleet professionals dance more to the tune of Republican politics that transcend the bounds of what the
    direction the profession would point them. Seems a lot of Fleet professionals also give Alt-Fueling efforts a thumbs down yet no one voices that message from the podium when given the opportunity. They gladly squander resources for expensive Alt-Fuel trials and smile for the awards like hypocrites at church only on Holidays.

  4. 4. Columbus [ November 13, 2012 @ 12:36PM ]

    I take exception to Von's comments - we are not "squandering resources for expensive Alt-fuel trials" - IN our city we actually calculate the ROI on all equipment and support the committment to alternative fuel through an economic modeling - that makes sense! It is unfortuante that so many Fleet managers are so distant from the realities of "climate change", instead of becoming the leaders, agents for change to make our air cleaner and safer for our children and grandchildren! We here in Columbus are committed to creating infrastructure for all to participate in "alterantive" fuel with public fueling - CNG at $1.80 per gge, vs. diesel priced at $4.15 - now that makes sense in my book. This Fleet professional does not dance ot the tune of the Right, and I am one of the 47%, how about you? I am so happy that we have elected President Obama for another 4 years and pray that he will extract us from yet another unfunded war that has killed our boys and girls in the Middle East: I think that if more professionals would embrace change, then we could make an even greater impact on removing our depnedency on foriegn oil and truley become self sufficient - and not the way Mr Romney suggested by drilling domestically!

  5. 5. Frank McIlvenny [ July 17, 2017 @ 11:05AM ]


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