76 Percent of Americans Favor a 40mpg Standard by 2010? Can U.S. Automakers Pull That Off?

According a new study by the Civil Society Institute, 76 percent of Americans favor drastic changes to the current fuel-economy standards. 3/4 of the U.S. population is in favor of a 40 miles-per-gallon standard by 2010 rather than waiting until 2018.

The CSI also found that political affiliation also didn’t matter and that most Americans are in favor of new standards. 82 percent of Democrats are in favor of the 40 mpg standard. 80 percent of Independents and 72 percent of Republicans are also calling for the changes.

Civil Society Institute President and 40MPG.org founder Pam Solo said: “Today, as Detroit’s Big 3 and Toyota launch an astonishingly short-sighted advertising and lobbying campaign to block even modest improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency, it is time for Washington and Detroit to address the fact that our nation is needlessly losing the race to develop the best fuel- efficient vehicle technology. American consumers want to purchase these vehicles. Increasing fuel efficiency can simultaneously reduce our reliance on Middle Eastern oil, cut greenhouse emissions, save quality auto industry jobs and help build the US economy.”

Can the CSI actually make these assumptions based on a small sample of 1,000 people? It doesn’t seem that it is representative of the whole U.S. population. If it was true, then why are there still so many SUVs and trucks on the road? There are already cars that achieve close to 40mpg or more.

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