While movies and pop culture suggest that women get antsy before dates, a new survey conducted on behalf of leading international dating website AnastasiaDate by Harris Poll, found that, in fact, men have major insecurities while dating, especially when it comes to their rides.
The results of the survey – which was conducted online in March 2014 and polled over 2,100 American men and women on the connection between attraction, “date-ability” and choice of car – found that:
- A quarter (25 percent) of men feel self-conscious about the car they drive when picking up women on the first date
- A third (30 percent) of men think women are more interested in the type of car a man drives than the job he has
- But 81 percent of men don’t take into consideration whether or not the type of car they buy will impress a woman
With that said, the men polled have judgmental tendencies when it comes to analyzing a woman and her car choice. More than a quarter of men (26 percent) believe a woman is sexual if she’s driving an exotic or fast car, and 20 percent see these women as sensual. This is quite the contrast to women who view men driving fast and exotic cars as show-offs (50 percent) or arrogant (35 percent).
The importance of chivalry ranks high among women, as the majority (78 percent) thinks a gentleman should pick his date up in his car on the first date.
“A first date can be like an interview, and it comes as no surprise that both men and women are evaluating superficial factors as they try to get a feel for their companion,” said Lawrence Cervantes, AnastasiaDate’s Chief Communications Officer. “The good news is that both sexes recognize that other factors come into play when it comes to their dates. But one thing is unmistakable: chivalry isn’t dead – you can see here that the majority of women still want to be picked up for dates. If there’s one major takeaway from this it’s that a man should always act like a gentleman to get the girl.”
The survey was created in anticipation of this summer’s Gumball 3000, an annual 3,000-mile international motor rally that will run from Miami to Ibiza, Spain, and include U.S. stops in New York and Atlanta. As one of the Gumball 3000 participants, AnastasiaDate will have two female members driving a 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder along the route. These women were selected by the website’s user-base via a Facebook poll, and the car was selected as a nod to the opening scene of the iconic 1981 film The Cannonball Run for hardcore automotive fans.
Full survey data is available upon request.
*Adults ages 18 and older