The Musk factor
What do Americans think of the Tesla guy?


of Americans think Elon Musk is a genius or a madman, while 7% think he is a jerk


of Americans admire Elon Musk’s passion and commitment, while 35% hate his arrogance


of Americans have made investments after Elon Musk’s tweets or have at least considered it

Elon Musk has achieved a reputation among many as the most influential entrepreneur in history, a business leader who is reshaping the future of humanity. But there is much more to the visionary than just his ventures and ideas. This report delves into people’s opinions about Elon Musk and the power he commands in the financial market.

Elon Musk is undoubtedly a man of many facets. He’s a tech geek, a clean energy freak, a space enthusiast, a meme lover, a cryptocurrency proponent. As a market tipster, he sends stocks soaring or crashing with just a single tweet. It is simply hard to ignore a man who loves a good joke, even if it’s on him, and who makes headlines as much for his casual attitude and sensational tweets as for his business prowess. After years of observing his ideas and antics, what have Americans come to think of the man behind some of this century’s most revolutionary and daring business ventures? Piplsay polled 30,400 people nationwide to get some insights. Here is a summary of what we found:

Other Insights

  • 69% of men and 58% of Millennials idolize Elon Musk as compared to 31% of women and 42% of Gen Zers
  • 41% of Millennials and 35% of Gen Xers follow Elon Musk’s tweets closely as compared to 24% of Gen Zers
  • 50% of Millennials and 40% of Gen Xers have made investments based on Musk’s tweets or have at least considered it

Survey Methodology: This Piplsay survey (powered by Market Cube) was conducted nationwide in the US from February 6-8, 2021. We received 30,400 online responses from individuals aged 18 years and older.

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