National Voter Poll Shows Strong Support for RFS, Biodiesel Use

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) released results of an annual national poll of registered voters designed to measure awareness of and attitudes toward biodiesel and federal policies that support the industry. 

Among the respondents, nearly three-quarters (73%) had previously heard some information about biodiesel. More than half (57%) of all respondents agreed that federal policy should encourage the use of biodiesel and renewable diesel. 

“President Trump recently renewed his commitment to expand use of biofuels, promising to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said Kurt Kovarik, NBB’s Vice President of Federal Affairs. “It’s clearly important to voters that the president succeed on that commitment and get American workers in the biodiesel industry back on the job.”

When asked about issues that affect their votes, a substantial majority of the polled registered voters (81%) indicated that a candidate’s position on renewable fuels is important. Overall, 86% of respondents reported that a candidate’s position on clean energy is important or very important to their voting preferences. Further, 85% of respondents agreed that it is vital that President Donald Trump keeps his promises on the RFS.

“Voters are consistent year-to-year in saying they support political candidates who champion federal policies to encourage development and use of cleaner fuels such as biodiesel,” said NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen. “Results of our poll indicate that environmental concerns are growing in importance for voters. Biodiesel can deliver environmental benefits to address those concerns today.”

The poll was conducted on September 18-19, 2019, and gathered responses from 1,064 registered voters across the country. Moore Information Group conducted the poll on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board. The results of the survey were consistent with prior polling in September 2017 and September 2018.