What America is Thinking on Energy Issues – Poll: Large majorities of Missouri voters support increased investments in U.S. energy infrastructure
Jefferson City, Mo., August 14, 2014 ─ Strong bipartisan majorities of registered Missouri voters support increased development of U.S. energy infrastructure and will back candidates who support producing more U.S. oil and natural gas, according to a new poll released by API.
“Missouri voters, regardless of party affiliation, want more American made energy,” said Ryan Rowden, executive director of API’s Missouri Petroleum Council. “People in the ‘Show-Me’ state understand the connection between access to energy resources and good public policy and are more likely to support leadership that invests in energy infrastructure to produce and transport more of America’s energy.
“Missourians recognize the importance of producing more oil and natural gas here in the United States and how that will create new American jobs and strengthen our nation’s energy security.”
The state-wide telephone poll, conducted for API by Harris Poll among 614 registered voters in Missouri also found that:
- 83 percent support increased development of the country’s energy infrastructure. (Democrats 79 percent; Republicans 89 percent; Independents 86 percent)
- 81 percent support increased production of domestic oil and natural gas resources located here in the U.S.
- 75 percent are more likely to support a candidate in November’s election who supports increasing the country’s energy infrastructure and producing more oil and natural gas from here in the U.S. (Democrats 62 percent; Republicans 90 percent; Independents 79 percent)
- 67 percent think that the federal government does not do enough to encourage the development of the country’s energy infrastructure.
The Missouri Petroleum Council is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 600 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.
The study was conducted July 29 – August 3, 2014 by telephone by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute among 614 registered voters in Missouri, with a sampling error of +/- 4%. A full methodology is available upon request.
"What America is Thinking on Energy Issues" is a public opinion series provided by API, offering data to inform policy discussions and ensure policymakers and others know Americans' perspectives on key energy issues.
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