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Ohio Trump Voters Among Supporters of 40 MPG Standards

Obama-era fuel-efficiency standards are expected to save 23 billion gallons of gasoline annually by 2030. (Jenn Durfey/Flickr)
Obama-era fuel-efficiency standards are expected to save 23 billion gallons of gasoline annually by 2030. (Jenn Durfey/Flickr)
October 25, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Federal lawmakers are considering putting the brakes on fuel-efficiency standards for cars - a move that might be out of sync with the views of Ohio voters.

A new poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found that voters in five key swing states, including Ohio, support Obama-era regulations that require cars to average 40 miles per gallon by 2025. Voters from all demographics and political leanings agreed. Pollster Elizabeth Sena, a partner at the research firm, said that what's especially notable is that nearly half of Trump supporters across the five states also are in favor.

"The president that they voted for, who is attacking these standards - it's his voters that actually support increasing fuel-efficiency standards," Sena said, "even if it means their new vehicle could cost a little more."

Knowing that the requirements could add about $3,800 to a new car's sticker price, 62 percent of Ohioans polled said they still support higher fuel-efficiency standards. In every state polled, fewer than three in 10 people said they oppose the standards.

Carol Browner, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and director of the White House Office of Climate Change and Energy, who developed the clean-car standards under President Obama, contended that they will result in cleaner, more efficient vehicles that will save families money at the gas pump. She said the fuel-efficiency targets are expected to reduce carbon pollution by 280 million metric tons in 2030, which also improves public health.

"In Ohio, you have almost a million people who suffer from asthma," she said. "Air pollution can certainly make an asthma attack worse - so, reducing air pollution, making cars cleaner, making cars more efficient is good for health."

Automakers, who initially supported the standards, asked President Trump for a review, claiming they are too costly and could result in job loss. However, the Union of Concerned Scientists has predicted the standards would create 650,000 jobs and save 23 billion gallons of gasoline annually by 2030.

The poll is online at

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH