Poll: Large majorities favor the "Buffett Rule" -- and the Keystone pipeline

By a whopping 76-percent-to-19-percent margin, Americans agreed with Obama’s proposal to “impose a minimum tax on money American companies earn from their operations abroad to discourage them from creating jobs overseas and encourage them to create jobs in the U.S.” When it comes to the so-called Buffett Rule—named for billionaire investor Warren Buffett—65 percent surveyed agreed with the proposition that Congress should “establish a new rule that anyone who earns at least $1 million annually must pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes,” while just 31 percent disagreed…

The question of energy exploration showed a public eager to garner new sources. Respondents agreed with Obama’s promise to “significantly expand production of oil and natural gas from onshore and offshore public lands,” by a margin of 70 percent to 24 percent. But those surveyed were also told, “One thing the president did not mention in his speech was his position on the Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil from Canada to the United States. Supporters of the pipeline say it will ease America’s dependence on Mideast oil and create jobs. Opponents fear the environmental impact of building a pipeline. What about you—do you support or oppose building the Keystone XL pipeline?” Sixty-four percent of respondents favored its construction, while only 22 percent opposed it.