July 17, 2008

Voters support ethanol; blame oil for higher food prices

All of the efforts put toward blaming ethanol for a variety of ills has “failed to move the country,” according to a survey conducted by two polling firms. In fact, the survey of 1,200 registered voters shows that by a 2:1 margin, the public supports increased use of ethanol in our nation’s fuel supply. (To check out a Nebraska survey, click here.)

By a 71 to 17 percent margin, voters believe the rising cost of oil and gas is the primary reason food prices have been going up, rather than blaming the rising use of corn-based ethanol. There are some nice charts at the GoodFuels blog with more details.

The report also noted that:

Voters of all partisan and ideological stripes support increased use of this important, home-grown energy alternative and do not blame ethanol for the rising cost of food. The steadfast support of environmentalists is particularly telling, in that much of the campaign against ethanol has been waged in the environmental community.

You can download a .pdf of the report here.

The survey was conducted between June 23 and July 1 by the Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and the Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies, and was commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association.

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