Poll: Most Trump voters in battleground states favor ethanol

By Growth Energy | January 10, 2017

new post-election survey released Jan. 10 shows that decisive voters in the 2016 presidential election are staunch supporters of American ethanol. The survey of 3,000 Trump voters in the Midwestern battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana and Minnesota found that more than eight in 10 respondents agree with the president-elect's vocal support for ethanol and believe the homegrown biofuel is vital to American jobs and energy security.

"Conservatives and liberals alike need to take a fresh look at Trump voters in the Midwest—they are staunchly pro-ethanol," said Emily Skor, Growth Energy CEO. "These are voters who clearly understand that biofuels like ethanol are delivering greater U.S. energy security, more jobs, cleaner air, and better fuel options for consumers. The road to victory is powered by clean-burning, homegrown biofuels."

According to the poll, conducted between Dec. 6 and 22 by Quadrant Strategies, 83 percent of Midwestern Trump voters agreed with the president-elect's campaign promise to promote the addition of more homegrown ethanol in America's fuel supply.

Voters overwhelmingly indicated their support for the fuel based on its importance to energy security and American jobs. 85 percent of respondents said ethanol was important to U.S. energy security and 88 percent indicated that ethanol was important to creating American jobs.

"Support for biofuels is something that resonates across party lines, especially in America’s heartland, and President-elect Trump tapped into that," added Skor. "Lawmakers can see what happens when you underestimate rural and Midwestern voters."

This survey was conducted by Quadrant Strategies between Dec. 6 and 22 among 3,000 Trump voters across six Midwestern states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana and Minnesota. The sample size in each state was 500. The overall margin of error for this survey is +/-1.8 percent. The survey was conducted using major, best-in-class national online sample vendors who curate demographically-representative panels, adhering to market research industry standards.