Keogh also noted that "Audi believes there are a variety of viable alternative fuel solutions, including electric, but diesel is readily available today. If you take away the disincentives that state and federal taxation policy create, we potentially could see a big uptick in clean diesel vehicles sales."
It's hard to dispute the survey's findings. Harris, after all, is one of the world's biggest survey firms, and it has a record of adhering to best practices and methodologies.
That said, the results are intriguing, to say the least. We'd be interested to know exactly how the study's questions were phrased. As we've seen on the political front, the wording of surveys, ballot items, and other issues can often create loaded questions.
Will Audi's survey have any effect on CAFE regulations? We doubt it. But the release of the study is interesting, coming at precisely the time when the Obama administration is taking huge amounts of heat for other policies on healthcare and the like. Coincidence?