Democrats, Independents and Republicans overwhelmingly support Keystone XL Pipeline

June 4, 2013 1:34 pm | Categories:

By Bill Bush

June 4, 2013

New polling conducted for API by Harris Interactive shows that American voters of all political persuasions overwhelmingly support building the Keystone XL pipeline and believe it is in the national interest, API Senior Manager Cindy Schild told reporters this morning:

“Support for Keystone XL is strong across all political identifications. About 8 in 10 Independents and Democrats agree that the pipeline is in our national interest while close to 70 percent of voters from both groups believe it would strengthen America’s national security and benefit our military. Eighty-three percent of Republican voters support Keystone XL construction, followed closely by 69 percent of Independents and 63 percent of Democrats.

“The pipeline would enhance our national security. It would be a means to transport secure domestic and Canadian oil supplies to American refineries for U.S. consumers. We are expected to continue to consume large amounts of oil and natural gas in the decades ahead even with growing production of renewables. The International Energy Agency has noted the rising dominance of North American oil production and its game changing impacts on world energy markets and energy geopolitics, including a diminishing OPEC influence.

“The facts support what Americans believe about the Keystone XL pipeline: It is a tremendous opportunity for America and is clearly in the national interest. No pipeline project in history has been analyzed as long and as thoroughly as the Keystone XL pipeline. It has been under review for more than twice as long as it will take to build. The delay has gone on for too long. The president needs to stand up and lead on this issue. We urge the administration to be guided by the facts, respect its own analysis, heed what Americans are saying, and approve the Keystone XL pipeline with no further delay.”

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $85 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

Methodology for Keystone XL poll

The study was conducted May 28 – June 2, 2013, by telephone by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute among 1,000 registered voters across the country, with a sampling error of +/- 3.0%. A full methodology is available upon request. Harris Interactive is one of the world’s leading custom market research firms, known widely for the Harris Poll. For more information, visit

“What America is Thinking on Energy Issues” is a public opinion series provided by API, offering data to inform policy discussions and ensure policymakers and others know Americans’ perspectives on key energy issues.