Car is #1 Necessity, Say Americans

A new study from the Pew Research Center says that even though Americans are driving less, they still see a car as the most necessary item they own. Air conditioning and TV are a good 10% less necessary.

"Americans are driving less because of the recession but a survey by the Pew Research Center show they still rank a car as the number one necessity of modern life. Driving less and eliminating "unnecessary" car trips has been one of the leading ways people say they save money, according to the poll. Asked to say whether an item is a necessity or a luxury 88% say a car is a necessity compared to:

- 66% for a clothes dryer,

- 54% home airconditioning

- 52% TV

- 50% home computer

- 49% cell phone

- less for other items"

Full Story: Americans rate cars necessities above all else, but have been cutting car use - Pew research


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