Poll Finds Americans Want Keystone Pipeline

A new poll by Pew Research found that for people who have heard about the Keystone pipeline, 66% want the government to approve it, with only 23% saying it should not.

Republicans were more likely to have heard about it (77%), with only 57% of Democrats aware of the subject.

It’s not surprising that Republicans were far more likely to support the pipeline, but Democrat and Independent support may be higher than you expected:

Republicans are far more likely than Democrats or independents to have heard about the pipeline. Among those aware of this issue, 84% of Republicans say the government should build the pipeline, while just 9% say they should not. Independents, by greater than two-to-one (66% to 27%) approve of its construction. Democrats who have heard about the pipeline also are supportive — 49% approve of building the pipeline and 33% disapprove.

Keystone XL pipeline is a proposed $7 billion project that would transport Canadian crude oil between Alberta, Canada and Port Arthur, Texas via a 1,700-mile pipeline. Last month, President Obama denied the company’s application to construct the pipeline across our border.

For more information on Keystone, see my blogs and commentaries on the subject.

Adam Peshek is a research associate at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets, where he focuses on energy and environmental policy.