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My question does not have to do with the correctness/incorrectness of 'neither do I'/'me neither', but with the presence of the 'yes' (or 'yeah', which is how it most often 'comes out' for me) at the beginning.

If someone were to say:

I love chocolate.

I'd naturally answer (orally) one of the two:

Yeah, so do I. / Yeah, me too.

But if someone were to say:

I don't like driving.

Would it be normal to answer:

Yeah, neither do I. / Yeah, me neither.

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Nice question! I don't know if it is normal to use 'Yeah, neither do I. / Yeah, me neither.' but I have seen some people use it with full confidence. It does feel a bit awkward but yeah I do and will use it. –  Ashutosh Dave Jun 15 '13 at 13:14
--I don't like driving. (Do you?) --No, neither do I. <- maybe in formal English it should be like this. –  Stan Jun 15 '13 at 13:24
The "yes" in "Yeah, me neither" is actually saying: Yes, I agree with you. I don't like driving either. (That's my personal interpretation). –  Mari-Lou A Jun 16 '13 at 11:55

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The short answer is yes, it would be normal to respond with either statement.

As was mentioned already in the comments, the "yes/yeah" parts of your example sentences are simply agreeing with the original speaker. It would become awkward if they'd followed their statement with a question ("I don't like driving, do you?" "Yeah, me neither.") and sounds more like you'd formulated your response before they'd finished speaking, but as it stands it's not awkward and definitely not incorrect.

I know you didn't ask about the difference between responding with "me" or "I" but in formal speech they should both be "I" since you are the subject of your own statement. "Me too" and "me neither" are both fully accepted in conversational speech, though.

Having grown up in England and then moved to the States I will say that I have (on incredibly rare occasions) encountered people who are amused by my "formality" when I say "neither do I" but have never encountered the same with "me neither."

So, while both are fully acceptable statements in both the English speaking countries I have any experience with, the States appears to have a (very, very) slight leaning towards "me neither" in an informal setting.

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