New battleground state polls show support of energy infrastructure investment

December 8, 2016

More than 80 percent of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia voters believe public and private investment in infrastructure, including energy infrastructure, would have a positive impact on the economy, according to a new series of surveys released by the National Association of Manufacturers.

NAM reports that while news headlines focus on partisan fighting and a divided American electorate, their recent surveys find a source of common ground: energy infrastructure.

Clear majorities in each state support increasing domestic energy production, and more than 80 percent support increased investment in power lines, pipelines, power plants, refineries and railroads, which all play a key role in manufacturing's competitiveness.

"Buckeye State voters overwhelmingly support infrastructure investment because they know it will improve standards of living,"  Eric Burkland, president of the Ohio Manufacturers' Association, said in a statement. "From pipeline infrastructure to get Utica Shale resources to market, to locks and dams along the Ohio River, to maritime and transportation infrastructure along Lake Erie, public and private investment in these areas will help get Ohioans working again and revitalize our manufacturing base for years to come."

Investing in energy infrastructure has broad bipartisan support among registered voters in key battleground states for the 2016 election. A few highlights of the survey are the following:

91 percent of Republicans and 81 percent of Democrats indicated they support increasing investment in energy infrastructure...

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