USA Voters Want Higher MPG, Pew Survey Finds

When asked whether they supported the 35 m.p.g. by 2020 plan opposed by Detroit automakers or one that would hit 32 m.p.g. by 2022, only 19% chose 32 m.p.g

Published: 12-Nov-2007

Voters aren't buying the arguments Detroit automakers are using against tougher fuel economy standards in Congress, with 69% supporting a 35 mile-per-gallon rule by 2020 in a nationwide poll released Friday.

The survey of 1,000 voters this month by the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency and the National Environmental Trust came as Congressional leaders consider fuel provisions in an energy bill that could come up for a vote as soon as next week.

The pollsters said national security worries, such as depending on terrorism-linked regimes for oil, were overwhelming every argument automakers had made against tougher standards.

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