A recent poll of registered voters in the U.S. interest in incentives for purchasing and leasing electric vehicles, including bipartisan interest in a guaranteed federal tax rebate. To assess interest in owning and driving electric vehicles, as well as the impact of potential incentives for purchasing electric vehicles, Climate Nexus, in partnership with Yale University’s Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, conducted a nationally representative online survey of 1939 registered voters in the U.S.
A majority of voters (77%) across demographic groups—including more than eight in 10 Democrats, three-quarters of Independents, and seven in 10 Republicans—view electric vehicles positively. More than four in 10 (44%) voters say the next time they buy or lease a car, they’d be likely to consider an electric vehicle, including 12% who say they would be very likely. Most voters have heard of electric vehicles, although their knowledge may not be deep. Only about one in five (18%) voters have seen, read, or heard “a lot” about electric vehicles, and more than half (55%) have heard “some.” Roughly one-quarter have heard “not much” (23%) or “nothing at all” (4%), suggesting there is room for more education as the electric vehicle market continues to grow.