60% of Democrats Support the Keystone Pipeline

60% of Democrats Support the Keystone Pipeline

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A Harris interactive poll released by the American Petroleum Institute last Thursday shows that 60 percent of voters interviewed in the survey who were Democrats support the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and 92 percent of Republicans voters support its construction.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is the proposed 1,179 mile oil pipeline that would stretch from Hardisty, Alberta (Canada) to Steele City, Nebraska.

Overall, the poll showed that 75 percent of interviewees favored the construction of the pipeline and 17 percent opposed.

Many of the voters also supported increased access to domestic energy resources overall.

According to the poll, 73 percent of voters favor “increased access to domestic oil and natural gas resources.” And 15 percent opposed. Of those that support increased access to domestic oil and natural gas resources, 49 percent strongly support the move, whereas only 9 percent strongly oppose.

Many of those voters strongly agreed that increasing access to America’s oil and natural gas resources could lead to more jobs. Ninety-one percent agreed and seven percent disagreed.

Eighty-six percent of voters thought better access to oil and natural gas in the United States could help lower energy costs, with 61 percent of those voters strongly agreeing, and 25 percent somewhat agreeing. Just 11 percent disagreed.

Sixty-eight percent thought increasing energy taxes “hurts everyone” because the costs for the companies would be passed on to consumers. Twenty eight percent disagreed.

Many voters (69 percent) supported changing federal policies that keep more than 85 percent of offshore areas off-limits to domestic oil and natural gas developers. Less than a quarter (23 percent) opposed changing those federal policies.

Ninety-four percent of voters thought “the issue of America’s energy security and producing more oil and natural gas here at home” was important. Seventy-four percent thought the issue was “very important” and 20 percent thought it was “somewhat important.”

Only 5 percent thought it was “not important.”

The survey was conducted by telephone and had a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent at 95 percent confidence. The survey was conducted on November 6 – Election Day – with 827 interviewees.

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