Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted February 18-19, 2012
By Rasmussen Reports
1* How closely have you followed recent news stories about electric-powered cars?
2* Electric cars are more expensive than traditional cars, with base costs ranging from $32,000 to 42,000. A proposal has been made to give $10,000 government subsidies to the purchasers of electric cars. Do you favor or oppose government subsidies to encourage the purchase of electric cars?
3* The Obama administration hopes to have one million electric cars on the road by 2015. To reach that goal, the subsidy program could cost the federal government $10 billion. Do you favor or oppose having the federal government spend $10 billion over four years to subsidize the purchase of electric cars?
4* Should people who earn more than $150,000 per year receive a $10,000 grant from the government to reduce the cost of purchasing an electric car? Or should people who earn more than $150,000 a year pay for the full cost of the car themselves?
5* Will the electric car industry ever make money on its own or will it always require government subsidies to stay in business?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence