Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll for May. Americans love traveling and vacationing and this month's poll centers on that popular subject. Everyone has stories about family vacations growing up. They could be about the perfect trip where your family bonded or saw the beauty of nature and created lasting memories. Or they could be about the trip from hell that seems funnier only in retrospect, (think of National Lampoon's "Vacation" with Chevy Chase).
CBS's legendary journalist Charles Kuralt reported from "On the Road" for years and it was said that he was able to capture the rich heritage of our great nation with his nostalgic vignettes. Two of his more memorable observations about traveling in America were, "thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel coast to coast without seeing anything" and "you can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars." Whichever way you choose to navigate "On the Road" this summer, we wish you happy trails and happy memories. And now the results of our poll:
When the rubber hits the road, half of Americans still prefer driving their cars even when traveling long distances. Thirty-nine percent are sky high about flying despite the increasing costs and hassles that go along with it. Five percent like to ride the rails, two percent said cruising on the water floats their boat and one percent will leave the driving to someone else and take a bus. America's love affair with their cars appears stronger than ever.