Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA)

Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA)

November 16, 2005 09:20 ET

Canadian Renewable Fuels Association: New Poll Shows Canadians Want Ethanol At The Pump

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 16, 2005) - A new poll by The Strategic Counsel commissioned by the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association shows that Canadians overwhelming support the introduction of renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel into the Canadian transportation fuel supply. The poll found that:

- Canadians strongly believe that it is important (90%) to get renewable fuels like ethanol into distribution in Canada.

- More than eight-in-ten (83%) agree that "the federal government should be doing everything it can to ensure that renewable fuels like ethanol are made available to consumers."

- Almost the same majority (79%) of Canadians agree that "greater availability of renewable fuels like ethanol should be a priority of the federal government to assist in addressing environmental issues around the burning of fossil fuels, including gasoline."

- In line with the high levels of interest in and demand for wider availability of renewable fuels like ethanol, the substantial majority of the population (81%) indicates support for federal legislation that would require all gasoline sold in Canada to contain renewable fuel.

- Importantly, Canadians report that their impressions of the federal government would be more positive if it developed and passed legislation that required all gasoline sold in Canada to contain renewable fuel. More than six-in-ten (63%) of Canadians report that their impressions of the government would improve with the passage of such legislation.

"Canadians want alternative fuels," said Chris Kelly, President of the Strategic Counsel. "They support the use of such fuels as additives, even if such use has no impact on price at the pump. They want the federal government to act and indicate that appropriate action will lead to improved assessments of the government."

The findings are based on a national proportionate sample of 1000 adult Canadians 18 years or older who were interviewed by telephone between November 3rd and November 7th, 2005.

A sample of 1,000 yields a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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