Michigan’s voters aren’t as enthusiastic about an all-electric future as they might think

Majority of voters favor gasoline-car phaseout. But all-electric goal faces tough opposition

A group of young people gathered in a park in Ann Arbor to share their opinions on the future of transportation in Michigan.

In this Oct. 4, 2018, photo, a man poses for a photo on the Detroit River on the campus of the University of Michigan. An all-electric vehicle could be the new way to go when it comes to transportation in the U.S.

Courtesy of Andrew Fennell

This Oct. 4, 2018, photo shows a woman’s face projected on the facade of an abandoned building beneath a lighted sign in Ann Arbor.

Courtesy of Andrew Fennell

Roughly a quarter of Michigan voters support a new goal to convert to an all-electric vehicle fleet by 2035, but the state’s leaders have so far failed to pass any plan to fully transition to an all-electric vehicle fleet by 2035.

A new poll released by the Michigan Survey Research Association last week suggests the state’s residents aren’t as enthusiastic about an all-electric future, with only 48% of voters favoring the more aggressive goal.

The survey offers insight into the challenge facing policymakers in coming up with policy solutions to create a more sustainable transportation future. The all-electric plan is seen as a priority, in part, because it would create more jobs and reduce economic impact by reducing emissions.

Despite the enthusiasm for an electric future, the poll results suggest that Michigan voters remain skeptical about the plan’s economic benefits—and even at times, have a high regard for gas-powered vehicles.

“There was definitely a desire for gas vehicles to be replaced more rapidly and be replaced more easily, because of their low-emissions and lower fuel consumption,” said Andrew Fennell, President and CEO of the Michigan Survey Research Association, which conducted the poll. “But there were times of also having a high level

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