POLL: Americans Don’t Want to Subsidize Electric Cars for the Wealthy

‘People don’t really want to pay for the toys of the rich…’

GOP Tax Plan Keeps Green Energy, Electric Car Subsidies

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(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) Lawmakers who are in favor of subsidizing the electric car industry might want to think twice, according to a press release from the American Energy Alliance (AEA).

The group is pointing to a new poll conducted in early June on the topic of electric vehicles.

According to the survey, almost three-quarters of Americans (72 percent) do not believe the U.S. government is competent enough to determine what kinds of cars or technologies should be subsidized.

And 80 percent of voters say they prefer to make their own decisions about what kinds of cars they should buy.


A slight majority of voters (51 percent) say it is unfair that those who purchase larger vehicles end up subsidizing those who purchase smaller vehicles.

That question was in reference to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards in the United States, regulations first enacted by Congress in 1975 to increase the fuel economy of American cars.

The poll also found that only 45 percent of likely voters are in favor of continuing the program.

It’s not that Americans don’t like electric vehicles – they do.

They just don’t think their dollars should go to supporting the consumer choices of their fellow citizens, especially those who are already wealthy.

Fully electric vehicles, such as those produced by Tesla, always cost more than their gasoline-powered counterparts, affordable to only the richest Americans.

Thus the $7,500 per vehicle federal tax credit and various state tax rebates benefit those who need it the least.


“It should come as no surprise that Americans continue to believe that they, not bureaucrats or the elites, should be making the decisions relevant to their lives,” said a statement from Thomas J. Pyle, President of the American Energy Alliance. “It is good to reaffirm that people don’t really want to pay for the toys of the rich.

“Those who seek to expand tax credits for electric vehicles should be aware of how the issue is viewed in the public’s eyes.”

The group reported the poll results on Tuesday.

MWR Strategies interviewed 1,002 likely voters for the survey, which had a margin of error of 3.1 percent.

See the press release here, or check out the numbers for yourself here.