Poll: Trump voters back ethanol
BY ED TIBBETTS
A new poll from a pro-ethanol group says people who voted for Donald Trump in November overwhelmingly believe ethanol is important to keeping the nation’s fuel supply secure.
The poll, conducted for Growth Energy, said that 83 percent of Trump voters believe it’s important that American-made biofuels continue to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, which it said that Trump campaigned on.
“Support for biofuels is something that resonates across party lines, especially in America’s heartland and President-elect Trump tapped into that,” said Emily Skor, Growth Energy’s chief executive.
Support in Iowa was particularly high, the poll said. Ninety percent of Trump voters said they agreed with the notion that ethanol supports should continue as is.
Only seven percent disagreed, the poll said.
The survey, which said it had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.8 percent was conducted in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana and Minnesota, all states that Trump won with the exception of Minnesota.
The poll found a slightly different result when it asked voters whether ethanol should be part of the U.S. energy mix to reduce dependence on foreign oil or create jobs. In those instances, 75 percent of Trump voters agreed, with Iowa at 87 percent. In Iowa, the margin of error was at plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
The survey comes as some biofuels interests are a bit nervous over some Trump appointments. Notably, Trump has picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt opposed the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires a certain level of biofuels be blended into the nation’s fuel supply.
U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said last week that she reiterated her support for the RFS in a meeting with Pruitt, and that he said he would uphold the law. She also said Trump has made it clear to Pruitt he cares about the RFS.
The new poll could reinforce the message to the Trump administration about the level of support for renewable fuels in states that were important to his victory.
The poll was conducted Dec. 6-22 by Quadrant Strategies, using online sample vendors.