Biden’s Climate Policies Aren’t Convincing Most Americans To Go Green, Poll Finds

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A majority of Americans are unwilling to purchase an EV or install solar panels in their home despite the Biden administration’s push to provide financial incentives for green energy technologies, an Associated Press poll found.

The Democrats’ $386 billion climate bill, which President Joe Biden signed into law in August, will spend $161 billion on “clean electricity” tax credits and $36 billion on EV tax credits. Despite this, a majority of Americans are unwilling to purchase electric cars or solar panels, according to an AP and University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center poll published Tuesday.

Roughly 69% of those polled said that they were not very likely to buy an electric car and only 9% said that they were extremely likely to buy an EV. A majority of respondents (64%) also indicated that they were unwilling to purchase solar panels and only one out of every ten people surveyed claimed that they were very likely to do so.

Although more Democrats said that they were more likely to buy solar panels and EVs than Republicans, 60% of Democrats said that they were extremely unlikely to buy an EV and another 58% said that they were not likely to install solar panels in their homes, according to the poll. Only 10% of Democrats responded that they were extremely likely to buy solar panels and 12% said that they were likely to purchase an EV.

Biden is instituting climate-focused policies to get the country to cut carbon emissions by half of what they were in 2005 by 2030.

It can cost between $12,000 and $30,000 to install a standard six-kilowatt household solar panel system, according to Modernize, a home improvement website, while the average price of a new electric car is $66,000, according to Kelley Blue Book, a vehicle valuation and automotive research company. The Democrats’ climate bill offers individuals who buy a new EV a $7,500 per vehicle tax credit.

The AP-NORC poll surveyed 1,054 adults across the country and was conducted between Sept. 9 and Sept. 12. The poll’s margin of error was 3.9 percentage points.

The White House did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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