By Chris Teale
November 17, 2021 at 6:00 am ET
Voters are showing lukewarm support for government regulation of advanced air mobility like drones and flying cars as lawmakers push through legislation on the topic, according to new Morning Consult/Politico polling.
What the numbers say
The (flight) path ahead
Momentum appears to be gathering for Congress to regulate advanced air mobility, as a companion bill in the Senate cosponsored by Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) passed the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in May and awaits a floor vote. Davids pointed to a Deloitte estimate that the U.S. advanced air mobility market will be worth $115 billion annually by 2035, and create more than 280,000 high-paying jobs.
Convincing the public on the technology may be a trickier sell, however. Just 36 percent of voters said in the poll that they would be willing to ride in a flying car, compared to 52 percent who said they would not.
The survey was conducted Nov. 13-15, 2021, among 1,998 registered voters, and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.