Majority of Americans oppose EV incentives — poll

By Jack Quinn | 06/04/2024 06:28 AM EDT

University of Chicago researchers documented public opinion on oil, gas, renewables, nuclear power and climate change.

An electric vehicle is charged.

An electric vehicle is charged. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A majority of Americans do not support incentives for purchasing electric vehicles or expanding natural gas exports, according to a new poll.

The University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research surveyed the public’s views on multiple energy policies and climate change. It found that although Americans generally back cutting emissions and expanding clean energy, they don’t always support specific policies similar to those offered by the Biden administration.

Many Americans also remain unwilling to switch to electric vehicles due to range anxiety and perceptions of charging availability and vehicle prices.


Approximately two-thirds of U.S. adults are unaware of any nearby public EV charging stations, for example.