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45% Likely To Purchase Alternative Fuel Car During Next Decade

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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