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A new national phone and online survey from Rasmussen Reports shows that while the federal government is spending billions to promote electric vehicles, Americans aren’t buying it.

Just 28 percent of American adults believe electric cars are practical for most drivers. Fifty-four percent said electric cars are not practical and 18 percent said they aren’t sure.

The Department of Transportation plans to spend almost $5 billion over five years to help states create a network of electric vehicle charging stations. But 69 percent of Americans believe it is likely most cars will still run primarily on gas 10 years from now.

Democrats are more bullish on electric cars than Republicans and unaffiliated voters. Thirty-seven percent of Democrats think electric cars are practical for most drivers, but just 23 percent of Republicans and 24 percent of unaffiliated voters agree.

Despite that Democrat optimism, 46 percent of Democrats still say electric cars are not practical. Sixty-six percent of Republicans and 51 percent of unaffiliated voters agree.


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