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Old 02-28-2007, 05:14 PM   #1
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Default Survey: Michiganders say automakers lag in technology, fuel efficiency

Survey: Michiganders say automakers lag in technology, fuel efficiency

Michigan residents think the biggest problem facing U.S. auto companies is that they don’t offer the best technology, including improved fuel efficiency, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Civil Society Institute, a Washington, D.C.,-based nonprofit pushing for higher fuel-efficiency standards.

The poll surveyed 1,000 Michigan residents by phone with a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

When asked to list the Top 3 problems facing the U.S. auto industry, lack of offering the best technology, including better fuel efficiency, was most cited at 60%. Over-emphasis on production of vehicles with poor fuel-efficiency, like SUVs, was second at 59% and poor U.S. auto industry vision and leadership was third at 53%.

More than 4 out of 5 poll respondents agreed that “the U.S. auto industry is in major trouble and Michigan’s economy will suffer seriously if the situation of the Big Three automakers gets even worse.”

“This survey should be a real wake-up call to Michigan's state and federal lawmakers who may mistakenly think that state residents are somehow less likely than others in the U.S. to support higher fuel efficiency standards and other auto-related curbs on global warming,” said Civil Society Institute president Pam Solo.

The Civil Society Institute advocates making 40 miles per gallon the standard for all U.S. automobiles. The Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid are the only two vehicles sold in the United States that meet this measure.
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