Voter Attitudes Toward the Renewable Fuel Standard

Today, Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Research and Consulting released a new national poll sponsored by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) that finds likely 2016 voters are deeply divided about the corn ethanol mandate, and have widespread and serious concerns about ethanol’s unintended consequences—including damage to engines, land conversion and food prices. Polling results show that a majority of voters nationwide have serious concerns about the effects of the RFS — and at least half of voters from all parties rated engine damage, environmental degradation and rising food prices that come from ethanol as very serious concerns. Key findings include:

  • Voters across party lines oppose requiring increasing amounts of corn ethanol be blended in gasoline.
  • Majorities of voters support two bi-partisan proposals before Congress, one to limit the amount of corn ethanol used in gasoline at 10%, and another to repeal the corn ethanol requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
  • Strong majorities across party lines favor the EPA reducing the amount of corn ethanol required by law.
  • Voters indicate that they are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports the corn ethanol mandate, particularly Republican primary voters in South Carolina and New Hampshire.

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