Green, Red and Blue Voters All Support Electric Cars

Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Green–a new poll recently unveiled by the Electrification Coalition (EC), a nonprofit organization, shows that Americans across the board are in favor of increasing the number of electric cars on the nation’s roads.

Among other results, the poll showed that electric cars are seen favorably by majorities across party, ideology, and education level, as well as an avenue for creating increased security, more jobs, and a cleaner environment; the study also found that they support using tax credits, loan guarantees and other incentives to create a system for building and recharging electric cars in America. Those surveyed “overwhelmingly” preferred a candidate who supports a proposal to employ temporary, targeted incentives to deploy electric vehicles in select geographic areas. The poll was conducted on behalf of EC by The Mellman Group and and Ayres, McHenry & Associates, Inc. and included 1,000 likely voters nationwide.

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“The results of this poll surprised even us,” EC President Robbie Diamond said, in a statement. “Regardless of party affiliation, the American people are in favor of a national plan to deploy electric vehicles and infrastructure, starting in cities selected in a competitive process. Typical Americans have seen firsthand the consequences of our addiction to oil, and they not only understand the enormous potential of electric vehicles, but have made it clear that they will support policymakers who lead on this issue.”

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.