New Survey Results Find Voters (Still) Don’t Favor EV Subsidies

WASHINGTON – The American Energy Alliance today released the results of a series of surveys that examined the sentiments of likely voters about tax credits for electric vehicles. The surveys were administered to 800 likely voters statewide in each of nine states (MOPAIAKYGASCNCCO, and OH). The margin of error for the results in each state is 3.5%.

• The findings include: Voters don’t think they should pay for other people’s car purchases. In every state, overwhelming majorities (typically three-quarters of respondents) said that while electric cars might be a good choice for some, those purchases should not be paid for by other consumers.

• Voter’s sentiments about paying for others’ electric vehicles are especially sharp when they learn that those who purchase electric vehicles are, for the most, wealthy and/or from California.

•There is almost no willingness to pay for electric vehicle car purchases. When asked how much individuals would be willing to pay each year to support the purchase of electric vehicles by other consumers, the most popular answer in each state (usually more than two-thirds of respondents) was “nothing”.

•As always, few voters (usually less than 1/5) trust the federal government to make decisions about what kinds of cars should be subsidized or mandated.

Read the Topline Survey Results

Thomas Pyle, President of AEA said:  

“Voters in key swing states understand that they shouldn’t be required to pay for someone else’s electric vehicle. Senators and Representatives from the nine states where we conducted this survey should know that support for an expansion of the electric vehicle tax credit might make Elon Musk and Mary Barra happy, but it will not sit well with their constituents.”

Michael McKenna, who conducted the surveys, said: 

“Elected officials who are concerned about voter opinion should probably think twice before expanding favorable tax treatment for electric vehicles. Voters in each state we examined are very skeptical of them.”

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