Greenberg Quinlan Rosner / Public Opinion Strategies
Renewable Fuels Association


Public Support for Ethanol Memo (PDF - 4 K)

Powerpoint Presentation (PDF - 16 K)

Survey Results (PDF - 4 K)


Executive Summary

The findings of a new bipartisan report by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Public Opinion Strategies find that despite a barrage of criticism about ethanol in the media and in environmental circles, voters on both sides of the aisle are supporting the increased use of this alternative energy. The research, which was commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association, found that the pro-ethanol majority is big and broad - crossing party lines and capturing conservatives and environmentalists alike - and that voters view corn-based ethanol favorably, and not as problem contributing to the rising cost of food.


Key Findings

  • Asked if they favor or oppose continuing to increase use of ethanol, an impressive 59 percent come out in favor, while just 30 percent oppose. Support is even higher (63 percent) among environmentalists.
  • 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.
  • A 50 percent majority of voters describe themselves as more likely to support a candidate for president who supports increasing the use of ethanol - an advantage that extends to both presidential candidates, Obama and Mccain.



Between June 23 and July 1, the Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and the Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies conducted a survey of 1,200 registered voters, including oversamples of environmentalists and “opinion formers.”1 The overall margin of error for this survey is +/- 2.83. This survey was commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association.