More Proof: American Voters Overwhelmingly Support Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Sunshine State News | Posted: April 24, 2014 1:50 PM
Keystone Pipeline

Pipes for construction of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla.

American voters of all political affiliations overwhelmingly support building the Keystone XL Pipeline, according to a new Harris Poll conducted for the American Petroleum Institute.

Cindy Schild, API downstream operations senior manager, refining and oil sands, explained the poll to reporters Thursday morning.

“Numerous polls have demonstrated strong voter support for the pipeline, but this latest poll also examines the potential political consequences of failure to act on Keystone," Schild said.

Ninety-five percent of voters believe the federal government should focus on energy issues, including 70 percent who describe energy as ‘very important,’ according to the poll.

Eight in 10 voters indicate their vote in the upcoming election will be influenced by a politician's stand on energy issues while almost seven in 10 (68 percent) report they would be more likely to support a candidate who supports approving Keystone XL.

“If the energy security benefits of Keystone XL weren’t obvious already, the Ukrainian crisis demonstrates the consequences for nations unable to secure a reliable flow of energy. The U.S. has the ability to obtain 100 percent of our liquid fuel supply from stable North American sources within 10 years," said Schild.

“Unfortunately, President Obama has decided to side with a billionaire activist and a handful of shrill extremists instead of the thousands of skilled American workers who have been shut out of the good-paying jobs KXL would provide," she continued. "The president’s lack of political leadership is hurting middle class Americans. If the White House refuses to heed the analysis of its own State Department and the will of American voters, it’s up to Congress to act on behalf of the American people and approve Keystone XL. It will create thousands of American jobs, and increase our energy and national security.” 

The nationwide Harris telephone poll among 1,000 registered voters also found:

  • 78 percent of registered voters agree that KXL is in the U.S. national interest.
  • 60 percent of Democrats say they will be more likely to support a candidate if that candidate supports approving KXL.
  • 53 percent agree that if KXL is not approved, it would send a message to Putin that America is not as serious about energy security as it should be.

API represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more-than-600 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.

Methodology: The study was conducted April 16-20, 2014, by telephone by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute among 1,000 registered voters, with a sampling error of +/- 3 percent. A full methodology is available upon request.

Sunshine State News will comment on the Keystone XL Pipeline Friday.

Comments (6)

1:04AM MAY 1ST 2014
It's not a job creator,unless it needs to be cleaned up,,,,and if it's not going to bring prices down,,,and it's not going thru your state,,,,,why would your opinion count?
7:25PM APR 26TH 2014
More teabag/ right skewed propaganda polls,,,,,,this crap only flys in repug strongholds of tex,Louisiana, Georgia and florida,,,,show enough folks romneys gonna win in a landslide,,,,yeppers,,,yuck,yuck,,and he gonna fix this here economy,,
5:43PM APR 24TH 2014
I support building the pipeline, but I read where that will not have any impact to reduce the price of gasoline, and I found that very depressing. It appears the price of gasoline does not come from "free markets" but is, somehow "fixed" or "rigged" to suit the needs of government and/or industry.
4:33PM APR 24TH 2014
I would support it if part of the deal was that they wouldn't export any of the oil that flows through it. Of course it isn't right for me to say this, but it would be worth the risks for America's sole benefit.

But if that oil is just going to be sold to our biggest world economy competitors like China or India and for nearly the same price we'd pay for it, then IMO, it would be stupid to support it.
3:10PM APR 24TH 2014
Yes, yes, a great example of a PARTISAN push poll survey, soliciting support for exactly the position you want by asking LEADING questions such as (i.e. actual poll questions with only the Keystone XL Pipeline removed from the question):

Q3. Agree/Disagree: The XXXXX XX XXXXX should be approved because it would strengthen America's economic security by helping to create jobs here in the U.S. and keeping energy dollars here in North America

Q4. Agree/Disagree: Approving the XXXXX XX XXXXX will help America become more of an energy power in the world and help with our foreign policy initiatives.

Q5. Agree/Disagree: It is in the United States' national interest to approve the XXXXX XX XXXXX because it would help strengthen America's national and energy security by increasing supplies of oil from North America, rather than from other regions of the world.

Q10. Agree/Disagree: If the XXXXX XX XXXXX is not approved, that would send a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that America is not as serious about energy security as it should be.

Want to bet on whether ANY of the survey questions raised such a question about the environmental issues that are at the core of the controversy over the Keystone XL Pipeline (I'll be glad to take your money) . . . .

Does anyone (except partisans like SSN) take such a get-the-results-that-we-want survey seriously? . .

Can't wait to see what SSN will NOW have to say about such an industry poll tomorrow. . . . .

PATHETIC . . . .
4:39PM APR 24TH 2014
Other good poll questions would be:

Would you support the pipeline if it cut through your yard?

Would you support the pipeline if your drinking water was at risk?

Would you support the pipeline without a guarantee it would be safe or drop the price of gas?

Would you support the pipeline if the oil was sold to Communist China or Muslim dominated Indonesia?

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