Survey Shows Support for Ethanol Versus Electric Vehicles

As is the case following congressional elections in years prior, ethanol and biofuel interest groups begin the unenviable task of educating new members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate about their industries and federal policies that aid biofuels production.

In addition, the survey found that registered voters don’t support mandates to expand electric vehicle use.

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFA) on Monday released the results of a December 2022 online survey of 1,999 registered voters, with 65% of respondents indicating they support the RFS and 15% oppose it. The survey has a 2-point margin of error, according to an RFA news release.

When it comes to ethanol, the survey found a “favorable opinion” among 64% of respondents compared to 18% “unfavorable.”

The RFA survey explored voter attitudes about electric vehicles (EVs) and biofuels.

Fifty percent of respondents said they were not interested in buying or leasing an EV during the next three years, while 42% expressed interest.

Seventy-seven percent of survey respondents said it was important for automakers to disclose to potential buyers the emissions effects of electricity used to power electric vehicles.

“As the new Congress settles in and begins to consider the future of our nation’s energy policy, these polling results demonstrate that Americans strongly support expanded use of lower-cost, lower-carbon renewable fuels like ethanol,” RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper said in a news release.