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API: New national poll shows strong support for Canadian oil supply


What America is Thinking on Energy Issues

WASHINGTON, November 3, 2011 ─  A significant majority of American voters would like our country to rely more on oil from Canada to meet our needs, rather than from other countries, according to a poll by Harris Interactive for API.

Voters feel better about importing oil from Canada knowing that Canadian oil sands development and the Keystone XL pipeline will bring significant job creation here in the U.S. for Americans and increase our nation's energy security

"President Obama has acknowledged the importance of importing more of Canada's oil to help meet our nation's energy needs," said API Executive Vice President Marty Durbin.  "As our polling shows, this puts him on the same page as most Americans.  We hope it also is an indication his administration will do what's best for our nation's economic and energy security by approving the Keystone XL project."

Additionally, voters reacted very positively to the fact that for every dollar the U.S. spends on Canadian oil, up to 90 cents is returned to the U.S. by Canadians through the purchase of U.S. goods and services. 

Key findings of the poll include:

  • Most Americans are not aware of how much Canadian oil is sent to the U.S. every day, and 65% underestimate the amount that is imported from Canada .
  • Most Americans (79 percent) feel that more U.S. imports of oil should come from Canada.
  • Eighty percent believe U.S. policies should support use of Canadian oil sands and should allow pipelines to transport the oil into America.
  • Almost nine out of ten voters felt better about importing oil from Canada knowing that Canada is a friendly ally and neighbor here in North America, and that the Keystone XL Pipeline will immediately create up to 20,000 jobs for Americans here in the U.S.

The telephone survey of 924 registered voters was conducted between October 28 and October 31, 2011 and has a sampling error of +/-3.2 percent.

"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 knowAmericans' perspectives on key energy issues.

API represents more than 480 oil and natural gas companies, leaders of a technology-driven industry that supplies most of America's energy, supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers more than $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested more than $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

About Harris Interactive

Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading custom market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a wide range of industries including healthcare, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in over 215 countries and territories through our North American and European offices and a network of independent market research firms, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us - and our clients - stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.

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