WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 - A survey taken after the election shows strong support for ethanol among Trump voters in six battleground states in the Midwest.

According to Growth Energy, an ethanol producers group, the survey of 3,000 Trump voters in 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,” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said in a release. “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.”

Some 83 percent of respondents said they agreed with Trump’s campaign promise to promote the addition of more ethanol, mostly made from corn in the U.S., to the country’s fuel supply. In addition, 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.

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“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.”

The poll was conducted between Dec. 6 and Dec. 22 by Quadrant Strategies. The overall margin of error for this survey is plus or minus 1.8 percent.


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