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America's Waning Love Affair With The Auto

A new Pew Research poll shows that American motorists are less enamored with their cars -- though not by much.

"Americans have been loving their cars for about a century, buying increasingly bigger, faster and more expensive cars while the rest of the world moves toward economy and efficiency. But the new poll suggests that driving is becoming more of a burden for many."

"The biggest reasons for dreading the road: traffic and the behavior of other drivers. Only 3 percent point to high gas prices."

"Urban drivers endured an average of 47 hours of rush hour traffic delays in 2003, a threefold increase from two decades earlier. The worst problems were in Los Angeles, where the average driver suffered almost 100 hours of traffic delays."

"The souring attitudes evolved as many Americans moved farther from central cities, generating longer commutes and more congestion. By 2001, the U.S. had more personal vehicles [204 million] than licensed drivers [191 million]."

Full Story: Love Affair With Cars Starts to Skid

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