As you might expect with gas prices
above $3 a gallon Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of higher fuel economy
standards. A new poll
showed seventy percent of people who responded support forcing carmakers to build vehicles that are forty percent more efficient. What the poll didn't ask was whether those same people would buy those vehicles if guys prices were to drop again. Most likely the answer would be no. Those same people who clamor for more efficient vehicles also want the government to lower gas prices. American consumers have notoriously short memories and they have shown time and again that when gas prices dip they are more than willing to jump back into their SUVs.
[Source: Angus Reid, thanks to Sebastian for the tip (Editor's note: obviously not the Sebastian who writes for ABG...]