Fifty percent (50%) of voters believe that the United States should slow down the transition to electric vehicles until we have the ability produce the needed batteries in our own country. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that another 16% believe the United States should never transition to electric vehicles.
Only 26% believe the U.S. should transition to electric vehicles as quickly as possible.
Underlying those attitudes is concern about the fact that China is the world’s largest producer of batteries needed for electric vehicles. As America makes the transition to electric cars, 66% of voters are worried that we might be dependent upon China for those batteries. Twenty-six percent (26%) are not worried and 9% are not sure.
Those totals include 34% who are Very Worried and 9% who are Not at All worried.
These attitudes come amidst growing voter concern about China.
- Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters believe the Chinese Government and Chinese Communist Party are a serious threat to the United States. Just 17% disagree and 20% are not sure.
- Seventy-three percent (73%) consider it likely that the Chinese government actively covered up its role in the release of the coronavirus.
- Sixty-six percent (66%) favor prohibiting the Chinese Government, the Chinese Communist Party and Chinese citizens from purchasing agricultural land located in the United States.
- Sixty-two percent (62%) believe it should be against the law for former Members of Congress to lobby on behalf of communist countries.
- Sixty-five percent (65%) favor prohibiting the U.S. government from entering into contracts with any entity that relies upon the use of forced labor in China.
- Sixty-two percent (62%) believe it should be against the law for companies in the U.S. to purchase or sell any products made by forced labor in Chinese detention camps.
Beyond concerns about China as a threat to our nation, 66% believe it is important for the United States to hold China accountable for its abuse of the Uyghur Muslims. A broader question found that 80% of voters think it is important for the United States to hold China accountable for its use of slave labor and other human rights violations.
Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe the U.S. system of politics and government is morally superior to China’s. Just 16% disagree.
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China is the world’s largest producer of batteries needed for electric vehicles. As America makes the transition to electric cars, how worried are you that we might be dependent upon China for batteries?
34% Very worried
32% Somewhat worried
17 Not very worried
9% Not at all worried
9% Not sure
Which of the following is closest to your view?
26% The United States should transition to electric vehicles as quickly as possible
50% The United States should slow down the transition to electric vehicles until we have the ability produce the needed batteries in our own country
16% The United States should never transition to electric vehicles
8% Not sure
The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on November 17-18, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.