Southwest is America's favorite airline and it's not even close. Our newest national poll finds that 43% of voters think Southwest is the best, more than all the other major airlines combined. Delta takes second at 11%, followed by United and Jet Blue at 9%, American at 6%, and US Air at 5%. This is one thing that Americans across the party spectrum agree on- Southwest wins by at least 20 points with Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike.
58% of voters in the country have a favorable opinion of Southwest to only 5% with a negative one. The other five airlines we looked at are all clustered in the 31-36% favorability range, with anywhere from 9 to 15% of voters seeing them in a negative light.
Other notes from our travel poll:
-By a 48/36 margin Americans say that they feel safer in a car than on a plane. This comes despite the fact that by a 69/15 spread they think they're more likely to die in a car crash than a plane crash...it seems like there's a disconnect between how people respond to the plane/car issue intellectually and emotionally.
-Overall 46% of Americans say they've flown in first class on a plane to 53% who haven't. There's a partisan divide on the issue- by a 52/47 margin Republicans say they have flown first class, but by a 44/56 spread Democrats say they have not.
-16% of Americans think you should be able to bring your gun onto a plane. There's a large partisan divide on the issue with 30% of Republicans but only 6% of Democrats supportive of guns on planes. We also asked about expanded background checks on this poll and a plurality of the people opposed to them also think you should be able to bring your gun on the plane.
-46% of voters think that obese people should have to buy two airplane seats for themselves, compared to 37% who don't think they should have to. 'Very liberal' voters oppose that concept by a 58/35 margin, but every other ideological group supports it.
-And finally 7% of Americans say they're members of the 'Mile High Club' compared to 87% who say they aren't, in case you ever wanted to know that.
Full results here