Poll: Majority of Iowans support Renewable Fuel Standard, Water Works lawsuit


The Des Moines River near downtown Des Moines. (Michael Leland/Flickr)
The Des Moines River near downtown Des Moines. (Michael Leland/Flickr)
Nick Fetty | March 2, 2016

A majority of Iowans support both the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and a lawsuit brought forth by the Des Moines Water Works, according to a recent Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll.

Seventy-one percent of Iowans surveyed support the RFS with support extending beyond party lines:  76 percent for democrats, 71 percent for independents, and 66 percent for republicans. Conversely, 21 percent of those surveyed do not support the RFS while eight percent identified as unsure. The RFS mandates that gasoline be blended with alternative fuels as a way to reduce carbon emissions.

The poll also found that 60 percent of those surveyed support the Des Moines Water Works’ lawsuit against three northern Iowa counties. The lawsuit alleges the counties – Buena Vista, Calhoun, and Sac – are not doing enough to prevent nitrates from contaminating waterways which has forced the water utility to operate additional equipment to supply clean water for its 500,000 customers. Support for the lawsuit is slightly down from a poll conducted a year ago which found that 63 percent sided with the water utility. Support on the issue varied between urban and rural respondents with 65 percent of city residents supporting the lawsuit compared to 59 percent who live in small towns and 49 percent who live in rural areas.

The poll was conducted Feb. 21-24 by Des Moines-based Selzer & Co. Telephone interviews were conducted with 804 Iowans 18 years of age and older. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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