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Clinton or Trump: Who Do Business Travelers Prefer?

Business Travel | Rich Thomaselli | October 19, 2016

Clinton or Trump: Who Do Business Travelers Prefer?

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Add the "business traveler vote" to the many niche areas to be won in the 2016 presidential election.

And, according to a new survey of those most frequent travelers, Hillary Clinton is their choice over Donald Trump.

With the election just three weeks away, GroundLink, a leading tech-enabled black car service, surveyed more than 300 frequent business travelers and asked them who would be the better leader for the travel industry.

Sixty-one percent of those surveyed said that the travel industry would be better served with Hillary Clinton in the White House, while 33 percent elected Donald Trump as their preferred leader for the industry.

When asked which candidate would be better for frontline airline, hotel, restaurant and car service and taxi drivers, it was no contest. Twice as many of the respondents voted for Hillary Clinton (64 percent) compared with Donald Trump (33 percent) and other candidates (three percent). 

“The travel industry generates more than $2 trillion and supports 15 million jobs in the U.S.,” Liz Carisone, CEO of GroundLink, said in a statement.  “There is no question that this Presidential election is critically important to our industry, the jobs it supports and the American citizens it serves. We thought that it would be fun to poll frequent travelers on who they feel is best equipped to serve as the Commander in Chief of our industry and address the most pressing travel related issues.”

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When asked what the most pressing travel issue was that the new administration should focus on once elected, 62 percent of those surveyed said terrorism/security.  This was followed by 10 percent who said TSA/security lines at airports, airport runway/infrastructure (nine percent), roads/highways (nine percent), rail infrastructure (four percent), and air traffic technology (three percent).

A majority of those surveyed (63 percent) said that they believe the travel industry and the jobs it provides to the U.S. economy is “extremely important,” while 36 percent said it is “somewhat important.”

Ironically, only 16 percent of those surveyed have donated money to one of the presidential candidates because they believe a particular candidate would be more in favor of working with or investing in the travel industry to make it a better experience for the traveling public.

When asked to weigh in on Open Skies issues, 65 percent of those surveyed said that they didn’t believe that the U.S. government should restrict state subsidized Mideast Gulf carriers from flying to the U.S. Some 35 percent were in favor of restrictions on the Mideast carriers. 

An overwhelming majority (81 percent) is in favor of the increased investment that the Obama administration recently made in Amtrak, while only 19 percent are opposed to it.

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