Californians Overwhelmingly Oppose Proposed Speed Limiting Devices on Vehicles

The majority of survey respondents, across all ages and political ideologies, said they do not support SB 961.

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A recent SEMA survey reveals 69% of likely November voters in California oppose SB 961, a proposed law mandating speed limiting devices in new vehicles by 2027. Conducted by Rodriguez Gudelunas Strategies in mid-February, the survey indicated a broad disapproval across various demographics.

The opposition spans age groups and political affiliations, with more than 70% of Gen Z, Millennials and Gen X voters rejecting the bill, and 66% of younger Baby Boomers echoing this sentiment. Political lines show similar trends, with 63% of Democrats, 79% of Republicans and 69% of independent voters disfavoring the proposed policy. This cross-sectional disdain is further evidenced as 70% of moderate voters, 64% of progressives, 58% of liberals and 79% of conservatives voiced their opposition.

Only 12% of survey respondents strongly support the proposed legislation.

"It is clear that Californians want to control their cars, not vice versa," said SEMA President and CEO Mike Spagnola. "That's why we urge California legislators to listen to the voters they represent and shelve this unpopular bill."

The bill, introduced by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-11, is slated for a Senate Transportation Committee hearing April 9.

"There's not much Californians agree on these days, but this survey shows they resoundingly oppose this bad policy," said Spagnola.

A memo to interested parties from Rodriguez Gudelunas Strategies is available here.

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