New Poll: Public Supportive of Electric Vehicle Moves from both Automakers & Government

February 11, 2021
Hannah Blatt,, 202-572-3534

(Washington, D.C. – February 11, 2021) Today, Environmental Defense Fund released a national poll that shows broad public support for electric vehicles as well as the policies that will help spur investments in this arena.

Key Findings:

  • Nearly two-thirds of voters, including 56% of Independents and 50% of Republicans, support U.S. automakers transitioning to zero-emission vehicles.
  • In terms of legislative priorities, 62% support providing grants to school districts to purchase zero-emission school buses while strong majorities support expanding tax incentives and point of sale vouchers for zero-emission cars and trucks (57%), increasing investment in domestic manufacturing of electric vehicles, batteries and component parts (58%) as well as developing electric vehicle charging infrastructure (59%).
  • Voters believe the shift to electric vehicles will be mostly positive, with the most benefits being seen in people’s health - especially a reduction in asthma - as well as less air pollution.

Explore the polling memo here.

“We need to power up our economy and combat the climate crisis simultaneously, and electric vehicles are a great place to start. With serious investments from governments and automakers, we can create good paying jobs by boosting our electric vehicle manufacturing and updating our vehicle infrastructure by adding charging stations,” said Elizabeth Gore, Environmental Defense Fund Senior Vice President for Political Affairs. “This polling shows that investments in electric vehicles are good policy and good politics, as voters see the benefits to boost the economy while protecting public health and reducing air pollution.”

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