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Most Think SUVs Are Safe

July 3, 2003

Americans think sport utility vehicles are safer than other vehicles -- for people driving or riding in them, according to the Associated Press (AP). For those who aren't, it's adifferent story.There's more agreement on fuel rules. The majority in an AP poll say SUVs should have to meet the same mileage standards as cars.People were more likely to think SUVs are safer for their own occupants, by 42 percent to 35 percent, according to the poll conducted for the AP by ICR/International Communications Research of Media, Pa. And they were more likely -- by a smaller margin -- to think SUVs are more dangerous for other motorists on the highway, by 45percent to 41 percent. The poll findings reflect the public's mixedfeelings about SUVs, which industry analysts say still are growing inpopularity. The public's perception of whether SUVs are dangerous forother motorists went up steadily with respondents' education level.Just over half in the poll, 54 percent, said the fuel economy standardsfor SUVs should be the same as for other cars, while 33 percent saidthey should be allowed to get lower gas mileage, according to the AP poll.
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