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Americans Back Tougher SUV Mileage Standards

February 19, 2003

Most Americans support better gas mileage standards for sport utility vehicles but reject activist claims that SUV drivers unwittingly support violence through their fuel consumption, a poll released Feb. 16 showed, according to Reuters.About 70 percent of those polled by CNN/Time Magazine said they believed SUVs burned more fuel than other passenger vehicles, and the same number said Congress should mandate better gas mileage for the large vehicles.Many also expressed security concerns with SUVs, most of which operate with four-wheel-drive systems considered safer in snow emergencies and other adverse road conditions.Still, the vast majority -- 82 percent-- disagreed with recent arguments from groups like the Detroit Project, which has aired television advertisements linking SUV driving, and its associated fuel consumption, to blindly financing terrorist groups and drug traffickers, Reuters said.
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