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Survey says voters favor increased ethanol use

A survey by the Renewable Fuels Association in the US indicates a majority of consumers support the use of ethanol. Also in the survey of 1200 respondents, only eight percent cited increased use of grain for ethanol as a reason for increasing food prices.

July 16, 2008  By

July 16, 2008

A survey of 1,200 registered votes showed 59 percent supporting increased use of ethanol in the U.S. fuel supply.

The survey, commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association in the US, was conducted between June 23 and July 1 by Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Republican polling firm Public Opinions Strategies.


Asked to choose from a list what is most to blame for rising food costs, here is how participants responded:

  • 49 percent chose "increased cost of gasoline and fuel"
  • 11 percent chose "increased commodities speculation"
  • 8 percent chose "increased use of grain for ethanol"
  • 8 percent chose "corporate takeover of food production"
  • 7 percent chose "increased demand in China and India" and
  • 7 percent chose "severe weather."

Last month, in a study commissioned by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, author Bill Lapp said the rapid expansion in the use of corn to produce ethanol is currently the most significant factor driving corn and other agricultural commodity prices to record levels. (See Food price surge seen dramatic over next five years on, June 16, 2008.)


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