SAN DIEGO - March 28, 2013 – U.S. voters are holding steady in their support for building the Keystone XL oil pipeline from western Canada to Texas, according to a new survey conducted this week. They are also more confident than ever it can be built without hurting the environment.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of likely U.S. voters favor building the pipeline, while 26% are opposed. This includes 34% who Strongly Favor the pipeline and 12% who Strongly Oppose it.
Support for building the pipeline is unchanged from November 2011 when President Barack Obama delayed its construction for environmental review. The U.S. State Department is expected to give the Keystone XL pipeline the go-ahead later this year after reviewing environmental concerns.
But 51% of voters think it is possible to build the pipeline in a way that doesn’t significantly damage the environment. That’s up from 46% measured in late January but is still down from 67% in November 2011. Twenty-four percent (24%) feel it is not possible to go ahead with the pipeline without hurting the environment, while another 24% are not sure.
Sixty percent (60%) still believe building the Keystone pipeline will be good for the U.S. economy. Just seven percent (7%) think it will be bad for the economy. Twenty percent (20%) feel it will have no impact, and 14% are undecided. These findings have changed little from previous surveys.
Opponents of the Keystone pipeline contend that it will increase greenhouse gas emissions which they say cause global warming. But 61% of voters think, generally speaking, it is more important to generate new sources of energy than fight global warming. Thirty percent (30%) feel the fight against climate change is more important.
While the majority of Americans have expressed concern about global warming effects for many years, the economy and job creation are more important issues.
Eighty-four percent (84%) of Republicans and 56% of voters not affiliated with either major political party favor building the Keystone pipeline. Just 37% of Democrats feel that way. GOP voters and decline to state (DTS) voters are also more likely to believe the pipeline will be good for the economy and that it can be built without damaging the environment.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of men think it’s possible to build the pipeline in a way that won’t damage the environment, compared to 42% of women. However, both men and women agree that generating new sources of energy is more important than fighting global warming.
Voters over the age of 40 are far more inclined than those who are younger to believe it is possible to construct the pipeline without harming the environment.
More voters are following news stories about the Keystone pipeline at least somewhat closely: 69%, up from 60% in January. This includes 32% who are following Very Closely.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 26-27, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.
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