The president has a big decision to make on the Keystone pipeline, but it shouldn’t be a difficult one.  In addition to the tens of thousands of jobs the project would create, survey after survey shows that a majority of Americans overwhelmingly, and consistently, support building the pipeline.  Here are more than 30 surveys conducted over the past three years that back that up: 

  • January 15, 2015: “The 1,179-mile Canada-to-Texas pipeline is backed by 57% of the 1,011 Americans surveyed on Dec. 18-21.” (CNN/ORC)
  • January 14, 2015: “Sixty percent of Americans support building the Keystone XL Pipeline, while just 28 percent oppose. … Eight in 10 Americans think the pipeline is likely to create a significant number of jobs, including 45 percent who think this is very likely.” (CBS News)
  • January 14, 2015: “A 65-percent majority says Obama should sign the Keystone legislation, according to the poll.  That includes 82 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 52 percent of Democrats.” (Fox News)
  • December 20, 2014: “A World-Herald Poll this week found that 55 percent of Nebraskans support building the pipeline…” (Omaha World-Herald)
  • November 19, 2014: “A 56 percent majority of Americans support building the pipeline to transport oil from Canada through the United States to oil refineries in Texas.” (HuffPost/YouGov)
  • November 17, 2014: “By 60%-25%, those surveyed say Congress and Obama should approve construction of the Keystone pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada's oil sands region through the Midwest to refineries in Texas.” (USA TODAY)
  • November 12, 2014: “A majority of Americans (59%) favor building the Keystone XL pipeline…” (Pew Research Center)
  • November 11, 2014: “A majority of voters – including a plurality of Democrats – think the U.S. government should approve the pipeline….with nearly three times as many Americans supporting a congressional effort to approve Keystone than those who oppose.” (Morning Consult)
  • June 26, 2014: “Among ‘hard-pressed skeptics,’ ‘next generation left’ and ‘faith and family left,’ support for Keystone is two-to-one. So even as a group like the ‘next generation left’ group supports alternate energy over fossil fuels 83-11, it still backs Keystone 62-28.’” (Pew Research Center via Washington Post)
  • May 6, 2014: “Seven in 10 approve the proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposal garners majority support across party lines, with 64 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of Independents, and 86 percent of Republicans supporting the pipeline proposal.” (Morning Consult)
  • April 24, 2014: “American voters of all political affiliations overwhelming support building the Keystone XL pipeline, according to new polling conducted for API by Harris Poll…78 percent of registered voters agree that KXL is in the U.S. national interest.” (API/Harris Poll)
  • April 23, 2014: “Support for building the Keystone XL pipeline is now at its highest level ever. … Sixty-two percent (62%) believe it will be good for the U.S. economy if the pipeline is built.” (Rasmussen Reports)
  • March 19, 2014: “As the Obama administration deliberates over whether to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, the proposed pipeline continues to draw broad support from the public. Currently, 61% favor building the pipeline while 27% are opposed.” (Pew Research Center)
  • March 7, 2014: “Americans support the idea of constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States by a nearly 3 to 1 margin, with 65 percent saying it should be approved and 22 percent opposed, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.” (Washington Post/ABC News)
  • December 12, 2013: “A Bloomberg National Poll shows support for the $5.4 billion link between Alberta’s oil sands and U.S. Gulf Coast refineries remains strong, with 56 percent of respondents viewing it as a chance to reduce dependence on oil imports from less reliable trading partners.” (Bloomberg)
  • October 1, 2013: “Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Likely Voters nationwide favor building the Keystone XL pipeline…” (Rasmussen Reports)
  • September 26, 2013: “Most Americans (65%) continue to favor building the Keystone XL pipeline…” (Pew Research Center)
  • July 16, 2013: “The latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll finds that more than two-thirds of respondents, 67 percent, support building the pipeline to carry Canadian oil to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast; that includes 56 percent of Democrats.” (United Technologies/National Journal)
  • June 4, 2013: “About 8 in 10 Independents and Democrats agree that the pipeline is in our national interest while close to 70 percent of voters from both groups believe it would strengthen America’s national security and benefit our military.” (API/Harris Interactive)
  • April 2013: “Among those Americans who have heard of the Keystone pipeline, about two in three support the project (63%, 28% strongly)…” (Yale Project on Climate Change Communication & the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication)
  • April 2, 2013: “Two-thirds of Americans (66%) favor building the pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada’s oil sands region through the Midwest to refineries in Texas. … Support for the pipeline spans most demographic and partisan groups.” (Pew Research Center)
  • March 28, 2013: “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters favor building the pipeline, while 26% are opposed.” (Rasmussen Reports)
  • March 4, 2013: “By a wide 70-23 percent margin, voters support building the pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to refineries in the United States.” (Fox News)
  • February 13, 2013: “Sixty-nine percent of American voters favor building the Keystone XL pipeline, while 83 percent believe the pipeline would strengthen the nation’s energy security and 92 percent agree jobs are important when considering the project, according to a new Harris Interactive poll released today. Strong majorities of voters in both political parties and among independents support building the pipeline, the poll found.” (API/Harris Interactive)
  • November 22, 2012: “Seventy-two percent believe ‘the U.S. should approve the Keystone XL pipeline project as soon as possible,’ including a strong majority of Democratic Party supporters.” (Anderson Insight/CAPP)
  • July 1, 2012: “The American public is firmly behind the keystone pipeline, seeing plenty of upside in potential jobs and limited environmental downside. Nearly six in 10 saying the U.S. government should approve the project. The wide acceptance of the pipeline is rooted in the fact that 83 percent believe it will create a significant number of jobs.” (Washington Post)
  • March 22, 2012: “A solid majority of Americans think the U.S. government should approve of building the Keystone XL pipeline, while 29% think it should not. … Americans who say they are very closely following news about the Keystone XL pipeline overwhelmingly think the government should approve the building of it, 78% to 22%.” (Gallup)
  • February 23, 2012: “About two-thirds (66%) think the government should approve the building of the pipeline…” (Pew Research Center)
  • February 23, 2012: “Voters support 64 - 23 percent the proposed Keystone Pipeline.” (Quinnipiac)
  • February 10, 2012: “By a 67-25 percent margin, voters support building the Keystone XL pipeline. That includes: 87 percent of Republicans, 69 percent of independents and 50 percent of Democrats say build it.” (Fox News)
  • January 30, 2012: “Sixty-four percent of respondents favored its construction, while only 22 percent opposed it.” (United Technologies/National Journal)
  • November 23, 2011: “Sixty percent (60%) of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor building the pipeline…” (Rasmussen Reports)

Labor unions, small businesses, Democrats and popular opinion all come down in favor of the Keystone pipeline, but the question remains: Will the president substitute his agenda for the will of the American people and veto thousands of Keystone jobs?


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