The Pew Research Center is out with new polling on the Keystone XL pipeline that mirrors earlier, strongly favorable surveys by other public opinion surveys:
In terms of policy proposals currently under consideration in Washington, there is far more support than opposition for building the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in Texas. … Among those who have heard at least a little about the Keystone XL pipeline, 66% say the government should approve the pipeline, while just 23% say it should not.
The poll’s splits show that Keystone XL support is broad:
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.
Again, Pew is finding what others already have found, that there’s a U.S. consensus for building the Keystone XL – to strengthen our energy relationship with Canada, make our energy future more secure and create jobs.
Earlier this month a Fox News poll found that 67 percent of respondents said the pipeline should be built, while just 25 percent opposed it. Last month a Rasmussen Reports poll put the Keystone XL’s support at 56 percent, while a United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection poll had favorability at 64 percent.
Certainly, the momentum of that kind of public support isn’t unnoticed. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer tells The Canadian Press the Keystone XL makes too much sense to be stopped by Washington politics:
“Blah, blah, blah, Washington, D.C., politics. If you want to get something a) not done and b) cussed and discussed, send it to Washington, D.C. It’s got to get built.”
We and a strong majority of Americans agree.