The Trump administration's move to roll back U.S. fuel economy standards is getting some pushback from car shoppers.
The administration this month proposed freezing corporate average fuel economy rules at 2020 model-year levels, rather than pushing for incremental improvements through the 2025 model year as required under the Obama-era plan in effect. The new proposal would also rescind California's ability to establish emissions standards stricter than the federal government.
But a study by Autolist.com indicates that fewer than a third of consumers support efforts to scale back CAFE rules. Autolist, which surveyed 1,132 current car shoppers after the administration's proposal was announced, found that 41 percent of respondents disagree with the proposal, while 30 percent are on the fence.
According to the study, half of the respondents said states such as California should be allowed to establish stricter standards, while 29 percent said a state shouldn't have the authority. The rest were neutral.
The study found no relationship between the states where the respondents reside and their opinion about emissions or fuel efficiency standards, Autolist said.