Pew Research Center|How Americans view the top energy and environmental issues

January 15, 2015

A solid majority of Americans support building the Keystone XL pipeline, although support has slipped.

Public continues to favor Keystone Pipeline.By nearly two-to-one (59% to 31%), the public favors building the pipeline, which would carry crude from Canadian oil sands to ports on the U.S. Gulf Coast, according to a November 2014 survey. Yet overall support is down from March 2013 when 66% favored the project. Support has held firm among Republicans (83% in favor) but declined among Democrats (43%) and independents (58%). While Democratic support for building the pipeline has fallen, Democrats remain internally divided over its construction.

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