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Tracker data: How is support for phasing out petrol and diesel vehicles changing?

08 November 2023

Three waves of our tracker of MP and public opinion shows support and opposition for phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.

Overall, public support remains stable, although opposition has been slowly rising, especially among Conservative voters. Support remains higher than opposition looking at the sample as a whole (especially among Labour voters). Notably, despite the question wording being amended in October 2023 to include a phase-out date of 2035 (previously no date was specified), and the attention drawn to the policy by Rishi Sunak’s speech), there have not been any big leaps in public sentiment. Among Conservative voters however, there is more opposition than support and opposition has grown by 10% in a year.

The most dramatic change is the increase in Conservative MP opposition to the phase out of petrol and diesel cars in October this year: Conservative MPs appear to oppose the policy to phase out petrol and diesel cars even with the delayed date of 2035.

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