Serious hardship is 9 points higher among women (56 percent) than men; as noted, women have lower household incomes on average. And 64 percent of young adults, those under 30, report serious hardship; they, too, tend to have lower average incomes than other working-age adults, and they're among the most frequent drivers. Seniors, while also less well-off, also tend to spend less time in a car.
That mitigates the financial burden – precisely why so many Americans are now keeping it parked.
METHODOLOGY: This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone June 12-15, 2008, among a random national sample of 1,125 adults, including an oversample of African Americans (weighted to their correct share of the national population), for a total of 201 black respondents. The results from the full survey have a 3-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, PA.