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U.S. voters support phasing out gas-powered cars by 2030

A new poll indicates voters aged 18-34 are particularly supportive of phasing out gasoline-powered cars by 2030 (71%).

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A new poll from Yale University, George Mason University, and Climate Nexus, commissioned by the nonprofit Coltura, finds that by a 55%-35% margin (10% unsure), voters in the U.S. support requiring all new cars sold in their state to be electric starting in 2030.

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According to the new polling data, majorities of voters say requiring new cars manufactured in 2030 or later to be electric would have a positive impact on air quality (73%), climate change (64%), individuals’ health (61%) and energy independence (58%), urban communities (52%), and suburban communities (51%). Particularly supportive of phasing out gasoline-powered cars by 2030 are voters aged 18-34 (71%), black voters (69%), and Hispanic voters (67%).

Support for a full transition to electric cars is strong in diverse states across the country. In Michigan, voters support Clean Cars, a 2030 phaseout of gas cars by a 55-33 margin, in Nevada, by a 52-39 margin, and in Colorado by a 50-38 margin. In New York, voters support a 2030 phaseout by a 66-24 margin, in Massachusetts by a 62-28 margin, and in New Jersey by a 58-30 margin.

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“To achieve significant reductions in carbon emissions, we must address the biggest source of carbon pollution driving the climate crisis: gas-powered cars, SUVs, and light duty trucks,” said Janelle London, co-executive director of Coltura. “The findings of this poll makes it crystal clear that the public supports a 2030 target date for phasing out gasoline-powered vehicles. It’s time for elected officials to take the urgent steps needed, and pass laws that reflect the will of their constituents.”

Ten countries have already announced plans to phase out gasoline vehicles by 2030 or sooner. In the U.S., Washington was the first state to pass a 2030 vehicle electrification goal through both legislative chambers earlier this year. In September, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation setting a 2035 goal for all new passenger cars and trucks sold in her state New York State to be zero emissions. New York’s law follows California Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order for a California 2035 gas car phaseout.

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