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API: American voters in favour energy

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Ninety percent of voters in the US mid-term elections recognised that increased production of domestic oil and natural gas resources could lead to more jobs, while 86% recognised it stimulates the US economy, according to an election night telephone poll of actual voters conducted for API by Harris Poll.

Commenting on these results, API President and CEO, Jack Gerard, said: “In the 2014 election cycle, energy was a clear winner, because voters from every party recognise its key role in job creation and economic growth: the top priorities on Election Day.

“In race after race, voters from all regions of our nation and from both political parties voted for candidates who stood behind pro-development, all-of-the-above energy policies. The results of our poll provide a lesson for candidates running in 2016: pro-energy policies win.”

For the 2016 election, 66% of voters say they are more likely to support a candidate who supports producing more oil and natural gas, according to the poll (55% of Democrats and 82% of Republicans).

Other poll results included:

  • On the Renewable Fuel Standard, 79% of voters were concerned about government requirements that would increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline since most auto manufacturers don’t warranty their vehicles against potential damages.
  • 72% support building the Keystone XL pipeline (58% of Democrats and 91% of Republicans).

Gerard added: “If the new Congress is serious about living up to their energy campaign promises, which we expect they are, they should waste no time advancing a pro-energy, pro-growth agenda. That includes approving the Keystone XL pipeline, expanding access to domestic oil and natural gas resources, repealing the RFS, and reining in duplicative and unnecessary regulations.

“We hope that President Obama will take this opportunity to work with the new Congress on smart energy policies that grow our nation’s still shaky economy, create well-paying jobs and maintain our nation’s global energy leadership.

“Tuesday’s results clearly show that’s the direction a broad majority of American voters would like to go.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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