Poll: Most favor higher fuel efficiency standards


Most Americans favor higher government-imposed fuel-efficiency standards, according to a poll released last week.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters showed 85 percent favor government requirements to increase fuel efficiency in cars and 78 percent favor government regulation reducing emissions from large trucks, SUVs and minivans.

Respondents also support increased fuel efficiency standards even if the price of the car goes up by $3,000, with 66 percent still favoring the proposal and 28 percent opposed.

The Environmental Protection Agency received a favorable response: 63 percent of respondents saw the agency favorably or very favorably.

Environment America, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists sponsored the poll, which was conducted by the Mellman Group and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.


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