Poll: Majority of Americans support Keystone XL, including Democrats

posted at 2:01 pm on March 19, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Yet another poll on the general public’s feelings on the Keystone XL pipeline, this one from Pew, is out today confirming pretty much everything we already knew about the beleaguered project: That the majority of Americans are cool with it, while the majority of the opposition is coming from out-of-touch wealthy liberals. Shocker.

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. These views have changed little over the past year.

As previous surveys on the pipeline proposal have found, there is far more support for constructing the pipeline among Republicans (84% favor) and independents (61%) than among Democrats. About half of Democrats (49%) favor building the pipeline while 38% are opposed. …

There are comparable differences among Democrats across income categories. Democrats with annual family incomes of at least $100,000 are the least likely group to support the pipeline: about half (51%) oppose Keystone and 36% support it. Those with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 are divided, while there is more support than opposition among those with family incomes of less than $50,000.

Out-of-touch wealthy liberals like, oh, I don’t know — let’s say Tom Steyer, the billionaire currently spending his impressively amassed cash monies on lame, bogus, non sequitur polling and single-issue political campaigning against supporters of the project while trying (and failing spectacularly) to delegitimize the whole thing, in the same vein as Mayors Against Illegal Guns with gun control. Unlike Mayors Against Illegal Guns, however, Steyer isn’t spending his cash on calling out his fellow Democrats, as Jim Geraghty at NRO aptly points out:

Earlier this year, billionaire Tom Steyer pledged to raise $100 million to make climate change a dominant issue in the 2014 midterm elections. That sounds impressive, but as the midterms take shape, a serious dilemma is emerging for Steyer and his allies: Sticking to their principles would require them to refuse help to quite a few key Senate Democrats running for reelection in red states.

Back in 2013, Steyer pulled no punches against Democrat Stephen Lynch in the Massachusetts Senate primary, running a faux “Big Oil Supports Steve Lynch” ad and offering a video of Lynch’s face morphing into George W. Bush. The primary criticism of Lynch was that he supports the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry oil derived from tar sands in western Canada through the U.S. heartland to refineries in Texas.

But sometime between last year and this year, it became perfectly fine for a senator to support the Keystone Pipeline, as long as that senator has Steyer’s preferred party affiliation. Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, who advises Steyer, told The Hill that Steyer’s group would not run ads against Democrats, even if they support Keystone. “We aren’t going to go in to try to undermine and hurt Democrats.”

Calling out his fellow Democrats would mean meddling in the sensitive races of vulnerable senators like Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich, and Mark Pryor, not to mention Kay Hagan in North Carolina and Mark Warner in Virginia — and if President Obama really is going to make a decision within the next month or so, my money would be on a green light with a specific mind to helping those same senators.


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Maybe we can get this moving if every state that has the pipeline run through it promises to build a windmill.

NotCoach on March 19, 2014 at 2:09 PM

But Kerry’s financier doesn’t know his take…

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Currently, 61% favor building the pipeline while 27% are opposed.

With the current administration, that’s a certain death sentence.

antipc on March 19, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Meaningless…It will never be approved as long as Zero is President…

PatriotRider on March 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Republicans (84% favor)

?

bazil9 on March 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Let me see if I can understand the logic of this mendacious and feckless Administration….

Meme #1- A majority of Americans ‘support’ amnesty for illegal immigrants…

…therefore, the Adminstration, using a pen and a phone, works to deliver amnesty for selected illegals – and threatens to do so for all.

Meme #2- A majority of Americans ‘support’ increasing the minimum wage to end ‘income inequality’….

…therefore, the Administration unilaterally raises the minimum wage for government employees, and demands that the GOP Congress pass a minimum wage increase.

Meme #3- A majority of Americans support the building of the XL pipeline…

…therefore the Administration, in the name of climate change / global warming and environmental risks, continues to refuse to grant the approval for the project, saying it needs more studying by selected government agencies, starting with the State Department.

‘Support’ only counts when it advances the mendacious agenda of Barack Obama….otherwise, we the people are too damn stupid to know what’s good for us.

Athos on March 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

These are not the numbers Special Ed was throwing around on MSDNC last week. Not even close. In fact he was suggesting that more people were opposed to the building of this pipeline than ever before. Could it be that the “liberal Rush Limbaugh” is a filthy liar?

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Poll: Majority of Americans support Keystone XL, including Democrats

…so what?

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Majority of working Americans; “Build the pipeline.”

Wealthy progressive environmentalists; “DEATH TO WESTERN CIVILIZATIONN!!”
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The One: “You know, those working types are a bunch of unreasonable, irrational bitter clingers. I’m going with the smart, sophisticated people with the deep pockets.”

Moral;

Progressivism is a mental disorder.

Environmentalism is a dangerous mental disorder.

The two together are about as safe to play with as weaponized Ebola.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

eon on March 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Meanwhile from the lair of the slovenly Warren Buffett, we hear a demonic cackling and the whir of money-counting machines. Meanwhile the phone is ringing off the hook with Democratics asking for their vig.

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

OF COURSE people support the pipeline, even those Democrats who aren’t so blinded by ideological agitprop that they can see the issue.

That’s because there is no downside to it. The oil is going to be extracted, sold, shipped, and consumed anyway, Keystone or no Keystone. Pipelines are proven safe and efficient, and are the most environmentally sound method of delivering oil and gas. This has been proven over many decades now, here and elsewhere in the world.

Some of the opposition, like Warren Buffett, has competing financial interests. Others, like Steyer, are just environmental wacko nut jobs.

Adjoran on March 19, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Maybe we can get this moving if every state that has the pipeline run through it promises to build a windmill.

NotCoach on March 19, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Maybe the oil could power an electric turbine to charge up Chevy Volts.

EricW on March 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Meaningless…It will never be approved as long as Zero is President…

PatriotRider on March 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Good thing that he’s not preznit for life. eh…I keep saying, wait two more years andfracking will take off big time…hope it’s not going to be too late to go back on the keystone decision too by then …otherwise, yeah, the idiot currently in the WH will never let it happen…

jimver on March 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Meanwhile;

Roger Hedgecock; The Enviro-Zealots

California today, the rest of us tomorrow.

I sincerely hope no one like almonds or broccoli. Or having clean water.

The deep-ecos are determined to deny us all three, just for a start.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 19, 2014 at 9:15 PM