Survey: U.S. Drivers Support Higher Fuel Economy Standards

By Jacob Brown | November 15, 2011
Almost everyone who took part in a survey says fuel economy standards for new cars and trucks should be improved. In other news, the sky is blue, Earth is round, and water's wet. News of this comes by way of a study taken by Consumer Reports. In the 1008-person poll, 93 percent of respondents said they support higher fuel economy standards, and 77 percent automakers should produce more fuel-efficient cars and trucks with the enforcement of the government. So what spurred on such thoughts? Another no-brainer: high gas prices. As we speak, the national gas price average is $3.411, according to AAA. Last year at the same point, it was $2.892.
Among other findings from the survey, 56 percent of those surveyed said they were considering a hybrid or electric vehicle for their next purchase. Further, 81 percent of respondents said they’d pay more for a car if they found the operating cost of a more efficient vehicle to be lower over the long-run. David Champion, Consumer Reports’ senior director, said in a statement that, “Moving to a 54.5 mpg average by 2025 would save consumers thousands in fuel costs over the life of the vehicle. This survey makes it clear that there will be customer demand for these efficient vehicles as auto manufacturers continue to innovate to meet these standards.” Clearly, he favors the legislation currently going under final review that will boost corporate fuel economy averages (CAFE) to 54.5 mpg across the industry by 2025. Mark Cooper, the director of research at the Consumer Federation of America, said in a statement that, “These results reflect the strongest support for higher fuel economy standards and willingness to adopt new fuel savings technologies we have seen to date. “With the average annual household spending on gasoline headed for a record $2900 this year,” Cooper said, “there should be little surprise at this strong support and little doubt that the goal of 54.5 miles per gallon is achievable.” Source: Consumer Reports