Poll: Strong Support for RFS in Iowa

A new survey conducted by America’s Renewable Future (ARF) shows that, once informed about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), 79 percent of Republican and 90 percent of Democrat caucus-goers from Iowa think the RFS is good for the nation. In addition, 76 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of Republicans said they would be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate that supports the RFS.irfa-rfs

“This isn’t a Republican thing or a Democrat thing, it’s an America thing” said ARF Executive Director Eric Branstad. “This is an American thing. This represents the future.”

Among the other findings:

  • 75 percent of Republicans and 87 percent of Democrats endorsed lower greenhouse gas emissions, compared to gasoline, as a good reason to continue the RFS.
  • 88 percent of Republicans and 93 percent of Democrats react favorably to the strong job and wage benefits the RFS ensures for Iowa.
  • 86 percent of Republicans and 92 percent of Democrats say the hundreds of thousands of American jobs the RFS ensures across the country are a good reason to continue the program.

The survey was conducted by Selzer & Company, which in late September, contacted about 400 Democratic and 400 Republican Iowa voters likely to attend the February presidential caucuses. The voters were asked some general questions about energy and renewable fuels and then more specific questions about ethanol and the RFS, was described with this sentence.

For more on the poll, check out this Ethanol Producer Magazine article.

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