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What America is Thinking on Energy Issues – Poll: Large majorities of New Jersey voters support increased investments in U.S. energy infrastructure

Reid Porter | 202.682.8114 |

Trenton, N.J., August 14, 2014 ─ Strong bipartisan majorities of registered New Jersey 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.

“New Jersey voters, regardless of party affiliation, want more American made energy,” said Jim Benton, executive director of API’s New Jersey Petroleum Council. “Voters are more likely to support candidates who encourage smart energy policy that will increase investments in energy infrastructure and increase energy and job security in New Jersey in the future.

“New Jerseyans recognize the abundance of energy in the Marcellus Shale and how record production next door in Pennsylvania has helped lower natural gas and electricity costs for homes in New Jersey and families across America.”

The state-wide telephone poll, conducted for API by Harris Poll among 602 registered voters in New Jersey, also found that:

  • 83 percent support increased development of the country’s energy infrastructure. (Democrats 76 percent; Republicans 88 percent; Independents 88 percent)
  • 70 percent support increased production of domestic oil and natural gas resources located here in the U.S.
  • 76 percent are more likely to support candidates in November’s elections who support increasing the country’s energy infrastructure and producing more oil and natural gas from here in the U.S. (Democrats 74 percent; Republicans 83 percent; Independents 71 percent)
  • 66 percent think that the federal government does not do enough to encourage the development of the country’s energy infrastructure.

The New Jersey Petroleum Council, located in Trenton, New Jersey, is a division of API and 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 602 registered voters in New Jersey, 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.


What America Is Thinking On Energy Issues – Production & Infrastructure: New Jersey (Slideshow)

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