More than three-quarters of Americans (76%)—including 78% of likely 2008 voters—want Congress to raise fuel economy standards to 40 mpg (5.88 l/100km) by 2010 rather than waiting to reach a more modest goal by 2018, according to a new Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) survey conducted for the nonprofit Civil Society Institute (CSI) think tank and its 40MPG.org project.
Key findings of the CSI/40MPG.org survey include the following:
There is little partisan difference in the preference of Americans for raising federal standards by 2010 to 40mpg, with support from Democrats at 82%, Independents at 80%, and Republicans at 72%.
Half of Americans (53%) say they would be more likely to support a candidate who advocated a 40mpg fuel-efficiency standard as a way to lower global warming and reduce US reliance on Middle Eastern oil. Over a quarter of Americans (28%) say that a 40 MPG stance would make them as likely to support a candidate, and only 15% say it would make them less likely to back such a candidate.
The survey was conducted by Opinion Research Corporation’s CARAVAN omnibus, among a sample of 1,013 adults (504 men and 509 women) aged 18 and over living in private households in the Continental United States. Interviewing for this survey was completed during the period of April 19-22, 2007.
The survey was weighted by four variables: age, sex, geographic region and race to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total population. The margin of error at the 95% confidence level is plus or minus three percentage points.