API Poll Shows Broad Support for New Energy Infrastructure
by American Petroleum Institute    Press Release
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Overwhelming numbers of U.S. voters of all political persuasions agree that increased development of our energy infrastructure is in our nation's best interests, according to a new poll conducted for API by Harris Interactive. API Downstream Operations Senior Manager, Refining and Oil Sands Cindy Schild outlined the poll results for reporters this afternoon: 

“The American people understand the value of investing in our energy transportation network in order to get energy to consumers efficiently, and to businesses that are thriving and creating jobs due to the abundance of affordable oil and natural gas.š Ninety-three percent of respondents agree that increased development of energy infrastructure would help create jobs, while 89 percent agree infrastructure investment would strengthen America’s energy security.

“One obvious infrastructure project with significant economic and energy security benefits is the Keystone XL pipeline, and voters remain supportive of moving forward with the project. Seventy-two percent agree it is in the United States’ national interest to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline so that it can transport North American oil to U.S. refineries, while 63 percent would like to see America import more of the oil it needs from Canada, rather than other foreign countries.”

The telephone poll of more than 1,000 registered voters also found that 88 percent said that increased development of energy infrastructure is good for American consumers.

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 550 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 and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of nearly 20 million Americans. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 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 December 5 – 8, 2013, by telephone by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute among 1,025 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.