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45% Likely To Purchase Alternative Fuel Car During Next Decade

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Despite the big jump in gas prices in recent months, Americans are no more enthusiastic than they were a year ago about buying a car that runs on alternative fuel.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 45% of American Adults think it is at least somewhat likely they will purchase a car that runs on something other than gasoline in the next 10 years. Forty-eight percent (48%) say they are not likely to do so. These findings include 21% who are Very Likely to purchase an alternative fuel car during the next decade and 18% who are Not At All Likely to do so. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Sentiments have changed little from a year ago when 48% said they were likely buy this type of car and 45% said it was unlikely.

Twenty-seven percent (27%) of Americans plan to buy or lease a car in the next 12 months, a finding that's held steady for well over a year.  Of that group, 44% plan to buy a new car, while 47% will opt for a used car.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on June 9-10, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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