Seventy-three percent of parents say they would allow their children to ride in a Toyota vehicle, while 26 percent say they wouldn’t, according to a Fox News poll.
People without children were asked to answer the question hypothetically, and the results show 63 percent of non-parents would be okay with kids riding in a Toyota.
Among Toyota owners, 92 percent say they would let their kids ride in that car, while 7 percent say no.
Toyota has recalled approximately 6 million vehicles in the United States due to sudden acceleration problems. On Tuesday it was announced that NASA scientists and the National Academy of Sciences will participate in the government’s work to figure out what is causing the acceleration problem.
People are more likely to trust the regulators at the Department of Transportation (DOT) to make sure cars are safe (46 percent) than they are to trust the engineers at Toyota (38 percent).
Among people who own a Toyota, the results are reversed: 47 percent trust Toyota engineers more, while 39 percent put more trust in DOT regulators to ensure automotive safety.
Women (51 percent), Democrats (55 percent), liberals (58 percent) and young people age 30 and under (53 percent) are among those groups most likely to say they put more trust in government regulators. Those most likely to put more faith in Toyota engineers include men (45 percent), college graduates (46 percent), Republicans (47 percent) and Toyota owners (47 percent).
The national telephone poll was conducted for Fox News by Opinion Dynamics Corp. among 900 registered voters from March 16 to March 17. For the total sample, the poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.