Solid Majority of Voters Back Keystone XL Construction

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 23, 2014 3:45 PM
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A poll released on Wednesday finds a solid majority of likely voters across the nation support the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, even as President Barack Obama continues to oppose it. Last week, the White House announced it was delaying construction of the pipeline yet again as the Nebraska Supreme Court weighs a legal challenge toward it.

Rasmussen Reports released a poll which shows 61 percent of likely voters back creating the Keystone pipeline while 27 percent oppose it and 13 percent are undecided. Only 10 percent of those surveyed say they strongly oppose Keystone XL while 37 percent say they strongly support it.

A similar percentage of those surveyed -- 62 percent -- believe the Keystone pipeline will help the American economy while 10 percent say it will make it worse.

While almost a third -- 32 percent -- say the pipeline will hurt the environment, a plurality -- 41 percent -- believe there will be no impact while 13 percent think it will help the environment.

With congressional elections looming in November, the poll finds the Keystone XL remains a major political issue. A solid majority -- 57 percent -- say Keystone XL will impact their votes in November though 38 percent say it is not a major factor in determining their votes. Almost a quarter of those surveyed -- 23 percent -- say the Keystone XL will be very important as they vote.

Republicans are clearly much more supportive of the pipeline than Democrats, with 78 percent of registered Republicans and 67 percent of independents backing its construction. Only 42 percent of Democrats back the pipeline. Republicans are also more likely to focus on the Keystone XL in November with 69 percent of them saying it will be important when they cast their votes. A majority of independents -- 56 percent -- say Keystone XL will be important when they vote and 47 percent of Democrats say the same thing.

The poll of 1,000 likely voters was taken from April 21-22 and had a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (6)

12:10PM APR 24TH 2014
What voters? Canadian? Republican liars!
shirley george
11:05AM APR 24TH 2014
You are most likely right that most Republicans are for this pipe line.
The only way they get their news is from Fox, They don't have a clue.

Please stop the lies...
7:51AM 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 allow it.
Barbara Gummere
6:33AM APR 24TH 2014
This isn't true! It is possible the majority of voters don't know the extend of the damage that will be done. I think you need to take a mre representative poll
11:21PM APR 23RD 2014
Not sure how I feel about this. Have heard a lot of bad things. That Farmers are being forced to allow this to cut their farms in half. That the oil goes to a duty free port and that if exported the companies pay no txes, while if they "import" it into the US they must pay taxes on it. Thus, if exported they make more money. Also, that it is more abrasive and caustic than most US crude and thus wears out the pipeline faster, making spills more likely to happen. If the above is true, I dis-approve. Why would we take the risk for others to make the millions. Also, that there is a greater risk of explosion with this type of crude. Since pipelines always leak, somebody in the US will have their farm or property contaminated or destroyed. Does anyone know the FACTS? The TRUTH? Please explain it without the hype. Open to being convinced. Thanx
shirley george
11:01AM APR 24TH 2014
Jolly will not get my vote and many others I have spoken to.

it's a lie that most voters want this pipe line, where do you get your information, It's certainly not from the public.

You do yourself and injustice by printing things that are not the truth..

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