New US Poll Finds 74% of Likely Voters Favor 60 MPG Fuel Economy Standard by 2025

A new national poll of likely voters conducted by the Mellman Group found that 74% of likely voters favor having “the federal government require the auto industry to increase average fuel efficiency…to 60 miles per gallon by the year 2025.”

Sixty-six percent of respondents still supported the idea even if it added $3,000 to the price of a new car. However, eighty-three percent of respondents said they would favor the policy if a $3,000 cost were recouped in four years through savings at the pump.

Among the other findings:

  • 78% favored regulations requiring the auto industry to reduce CO2 emissions from light duty vehicles.
  • 88% said is was important for the US to take action now to increase fuel efficiency.
  • Were a more stringent fuel economy standard to be implemented, 63% said it was likely the cost of vehicles will increase too much.
  • If President Obama were to implement a 60 mpg by 2025 rule, 28% of respondents would feel more favorable toward him, while 14% would feel less favorable. If Obama refused to implement a 60 mpg standard, 13% would view him more favorably, while 25% would view him less favorably. Overall, 51% of respondents view Obama favorably, 44% unfavorably.

Environment America, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists sponsored the poll.

The survey had a sample size of 1,000 and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1%. It was conducted via telephone between 8-13 September.

The groups have formed the Go 60 MPG coalition to encourage President Obama, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency to increase fuel efficiency standards to at least 60 miles per gallon by 2025 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions standards to no more than 143 grams per mile by that year. The two agencies are set to officially start the process for new clean car standards later this month. The standards will cover model years 2017 to 2025.

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