New Poll Finds Majority Support Keystone

A poll conducted by the National Journal finds that 67% of Americans support construction of the Keystone Pipeline, while only 24% oppose it:

While the Obama administration mulls whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Americans are already decided. They support the project by a wide margin, prioritizing potential economic benefits over possible environmental consequences.

The latest United Technologies/National JournalCongressional Connection Poll finds that more than two-thirds of respondents, 67 percent, support building the pipeline to carry Canadian oil to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast; that includes 56 percent of Democrats. Less than a quarter of Americans, 24 percent, oppose the project, the poll shows.

Check out the phrasing of the question:

poleEveryone will fight over exactly how a polling question should be phrased (and it is important), and rarely come to agreement, but this seems pretty even-handed. What’s somewhat interesting is that despite all the talk about the pipeline, opinions haven’t changed much at all, with both support and opposition increasing slightly.

Though this blog has gone back and forth numerous times, it’s hard to see Obama nixing the pipeline if 56% of Democrats are in favor of its construction, and presumably an even higher percentage of Republicans. The latest guess is that the decision will be delayed until at least September, so expect it to remain in the news until then.


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