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74 PERCENT OF AMERICANS BELIEVE MINIVAN TARIFF INCREASES WOULD LIMIT CHOICE/SHUT OUT CONSUMERS; ONLY 1 IN 5 WANT CLINTON TO MOVE QUICKLY

 DETROIT, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a national opinion survey released today at a news conference, 74 percent of Americans believe that increasing the tariff on imported minivans and sport- utility vehicles from the current 2.5 percent to 25 percent would limit consumer choice by making these vehicles too expensive for the average consumer.
 The survey, commissioned by the grassroots advocacy group Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) and conducted by Frederick/Schneiders, Inc., also indicated that only one in five people want the Clinton administration to move quickly on this issue.
 According to a 1992 CSE study, increasing the tariffs from 2.5 percent to 25 percent would increase the average imported mini-van price by $3,739 and the average domestic price by $1,331.
 The Clinton administration is currently considering by-passing the legislative process and enacting these tariff increases via Executive Order. In 1992, an effort to raise the tariffs on imported minivans and sport-utility vehicles failed in the U.S. Congress.
 "Americans are sending a clear message to the new president: This is going to cost us more money, it limits our choices, and we're not so sure we want to do this," CSE President Paul Beckner said. He added, "These new tariffs are a tax on families and a tax on community groups: they might as well call it the Family and Community Group tax,' because that's exactly who will bear the burden if Clinton unilaterally slips this one through. This is a major middle class tax hike if there ever was one."
 Other survey results indicated that large majorities of Americans believe competition from foreign auto manufacturers has benefited U.S. automakers. For example, 65 percent of Americans believe that in the long run, the Big Three are made stronger due to foreign competition. Similarly, when asked what impact, if any, past competition from foreign automakers has had on the Big Three, 72 percent of Americans believe better domestic cars are produced.
 The survey contains a margin of sampling error of plus/minus 4 points.
 Citizens for a Sound Economy is a 250,000-member citizen advocacy group that promotes market-based policy solutions.
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 /CONTACT: Jeff Nesbit, 202-942-7642, or Christopher Ullman, 202-942-7608, both for the Citizens for a Sound Economy/


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