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Most consumers see value in ethanol, survey indicates

Agriculture.com Staff 11/20/2006 @ 1:59pm

A national survey released today found that 57% of respondents believe that it is important that adding ethanol to gasoline lessens U.S. dependence on oil from foreign countries.

These figures may have an impact on the ballot box. Forty-three percent of those surveyed say they believe that a candidate's energy security platform is important to them when casting their vote.

Sixty-one percent of respondents indicated that they believe the American economy benefits from ethanol production. Fifty-eight percent believe that ethanol-enriched gasoline is better for the environment than standard gasoline. Respondents indicated that the most important benefit of ethanol is that it is "better for the environment."

The survey also found that an informed consumer is the ethanol industry's most effective tool for increasing awareness of the cleaner, renewable fuel. When respondents were provided with relevant information about ethanol, their interest in purchasing it increased by nearly 20%.

A national survey released today found that 57% of respondents believe that it is important that adding ethanol to gasoline lessens U.S. dependence on oil from foreign countries.

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