On November 9, 2007, the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency hosted a press briefing with Democratic pollster Mark Mellman and Republican pollster Bill McInturff. To kick off the Veterans Day holiday, they discussed the findings of a new nationwide poll on national security, energy security and the energy legislation currently under consideration by Congress.
Overwhelming and unwavering support for increased fuel efficiency standards is predicated in large measure on the belief that reducing our dependence on foreign oil is vital for America's national security. Our nation's veterans share that view and express overwhelming support for higher fuel efficiency standards. Thus, when we pit the opposition's message against the national security argument for stricter fuel efficiency standards, support for CAFE remains overwhelming. These strongly pro-CAFE views emerge time after time across every demographic, geographic and political segment of the population, including among those whose views command particular respect in these matters: veterans of our armed forces.
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