Study: Fewer Than a Third of Consumers Support EPA Proposal to Roll Back Fuel Economy Regulations

Just 29% of those polled by said they agreed with the August 2 recommendation by the EPA and the DOT

San FranciscoAugust 21, 2018 — Fewer than a third of consumers agree with the proposal by the Trump administration to roll back fuel economy standards in the U.S., according to a recent study by

Just 29% of those polled said they agreed with the August 2 recommendation by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation. Forty-one percent of respondents said they disagreed with the proposal; 30% were neutral or undecided.

The Trump administration’s recommendation would freeze mile-per-gallon standards for cars and light trucks after 2020. It would also seek to revoke California’s waiver, which allows it to set individual emissions standards and mandates for electric vehicle sales.

A final decision is expected this winter.

Half of the consumers polled by Autolist said they believed states like California should be allowed to set stricter emissions standards than the federal government, something the state has been doing since 2009. Thirteen other states and Washington D.C. follow California’s emissions standards.

Twenty-nine percent of respondents said states should not have this power; the remaining 21% said they were undecided.

Autolist’s study found no distinct correlation between where people lived and how they felt about the Trump administration’s proposal; respondents in California and the 13 ZEV states were no more or less likely to favor the recommendation than people who lived in the remaining states.

Autolist surveyed 1,132 current car shoppers for the study shortly after news of the proposal was announced in early August. View the report here.

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