Polling Memo: Voters Stand Firm on Keystone XL

April 5, 2013

Consistency: Voters Still Want to Build the Keystone Pipeline

On January 18, 2012, President Obama rejected building the 1,700-mile long pipeline known as Keystone XL.  This pipeline would transport oil from Canada to US refineries and “[promised] thousands of temporary jobs for the recovering U.S. economy.”1  As headlines boasted Obama’s unpopular decision, voter backlash immediately ensued.

In February 2012, data from Fox News showed 67% of voters in support of building the Keystone Pipeline.  About a week later, Quinnipiac University confirmed, with 64% saying the pipeline “should be built.”

In June 2012, the Washington Post found 59% still in favor of Keystone XL.  Why?  Maybe it had something to do with the fact that a full 83% believed it would “create a significant number of jobs.”

Today, while President Obama continues to play games with American jobs, twiddling his thumbs and stalling on a final decision, voters prove unwavering as new data from Pew shows 2/3 (66%) saying to Obama, “Build the Keystone Pipeline.”  In fact, even 54% of Democrats support it.

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POLLSTER: Anderson Robbins Research (D) / Shaw & Company Research (R) for Fox News

DATE: Conducted 2/6-9/2012

SAMPLE: Sampled 1,110 RVs; MoE ±3.0%

SOURCE: Q46;  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/10/fox-news-poll-methodology-santorum-surge-obama/


POLLSTER: Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D

DATE: Conducted 2/14-20/2012

SAMPLE: Sampled 2,605 RVs; MoE ±1.9%

SOURCE: Q52;  http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-centers/polling-institute/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=1709


POLLSTER: PSRAI for Washington Post

DATE: Conducted 6/14-17/2012

SAMPLE: Sampled 1,002 Adults; MoE ±3.5%

SOURCE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/page/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2012/07/01/National-Politics/Polling/release_96.xml


POLLSTER: Pew Research Center

DATE: Conducted 3/13-17/2013/2012

SAMPLE: Sampled 1,501 Adults; MoE ±2.9% @ 95% confidence interval

SOURCE: http://www.people-press.org/2013/04/02/keystone-xl-pipeline-draws-broad-support/


1   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/04/03/the-keystone-xl-pipeline-and-its-politics-explained/