This page presents question wordings for graphics on the “Consumer Choices” page. All questions were asked in 2020.
Graph: Of the Americans Who Thought They Will Buy a Car, What Percent Would Consider Buying an All-Electric Car
When you buy a car next, do you think you will consider buying a car that runs only on electricity, or do you think you won’t consider buying that type of car?
Graph: Percent of Americans Who Thought Driving an All-Electric Car Helps the Environment at Least a Moderate Amount
As compared to driving a car that runs on gasoline, how much do you think that driving an all-electric car helps the environment? A great deal, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or not at all?
Graph: Americans’ Opinions on the Likelihood of the Batteries in All-Electric Cars Catching on Fire
How likely do you think it is that the batteries in cars that run only on electricity will catch on fire? Extremely likely, very likely, moderately likely, slightly likely, or not likely at all?
Graph: Percent of Americans Who Thought That, As Compared to Cars That Run on Gasoline, People Who Own All-Electric Cars Spend More, Less, or the Same Amount of Money to Repair and Maintain Them
As compared to cars that run on gasoline, do you think that people who own cars that run only on electricity spend more money to repair them and keep them running, spend less money on that, or spend about the same amount of money?
Graph: Percent of Americans Who Thought That, As Compared to the Cost of Gasoline, the Cost of Electricity is More, Less, or About the Same
People who drive cars that run only on electricity have to pay for the electricity to charge the cars’ batteries. As compared to the cost of gasoline to drive one mile, do you think the cost of electricity to drive one mile is more, less, or the same?
Graph: Percent of Americans Who Thought That Depreciation of All-Electric Cars is Faster, Slower, or About the Same as Gasoline Cars
As you may know, the more miles a car has been driven, the less money the owner can sell it for. As compared to cars that run on gasoline, do you think the value of cars that run only on electricity goes down faster over the years, goes down more slowly, or goes down about equally fast?
Graph: Percent of Americans Who Thought That, as Compared to Cars That Run on Gasoline, the Engines of All-Electric Cars Can Speed Up More Quickly, Slowly, or Equally Fast
As compared to cars that run on gasoline, do you think that the engines of cars that run only on electricity can speed up more quickly, speed up more slowly, or speed up about equally fast?
Graph: Perceptions of the Difficulty of Finding Places to Charge All-Electric Cars
How difficult do you think it is for people who drive cars that run only on electricity to find places to charge them up when they need to be charged? Extremely difficult, very difficult, moderately difficult, slightly difficult, or not difficult at all?
Graph: Americans’ Guesses on the Proportion of Car Mechanics Who Can Fix Electric Cars
How many car mechanics would you guess can fix cars that run only on electricity? All of them, most of them, about half of them, a few of them, or none of them?
Graph: Percent of Americans Who Have Driven or Knew Someone Who Drove an All-Electric Car or Truck
As far as you know, have you or anyone you know personally ever driven a car or truck that runs only on electricity and not on gasoline, or has that not happened?