Voters Speak Out on Energy Priorities.

June 22, 2016

(the below is from an email send by Jack Gerard, President and CEO of American Petroleum Institute)

Are Candidates Listening?

Just weeks away from the Democratic and Republican national conventions, new polling confirms that energy is important to American voters. Whether Republican, Democrat or Independent, majorities of voters support increased production of oil and natural gas and, crucially for this year’s candidates, they are more likely to support a candidate who wants to produce more oil and natural gas.

As the party platform committees develop their election priorities, key poll findings should be considered:

  • 77% support increased production of oil and natural gas (Republican 94%; Independent 73%; Democrat 64%)
  • 69% support candidates who want to produce more oil and natural gas (Republican 86%; Independent 69%; Democrat 57%)
  • 77% of voters consider it important that the U.S. is doing better than other major economies in Europe and elsewhere in reducing greenhouse gases (Republican 65%; Independent 72%; Democrat 94%)
  • 70% support natural gas’ role in reducing U.S. greenhouse gases (Republican 80%; Independent 66%; Democrat 63%)
  • 88% consider it important that gasoline & diesel fuels are helping reduce air pollution (Republican 83%; Independent 92%; Democrat 93%)
  • 64% oppose higher taxes that could decrease energy production (Republican 79%; Independent 64%; Democrat 50%)
  • 77% are concerned about government requirements increasing ethanol in gasoline (Republican 82%; Independent 82%; Democrat 70%)
  • 82% support increased energy infrastructure (Republican 88%; Independent 88%; Democrat 74%)
  • 73% support a national energy policy that ensures a secure supply of abundant, affordable and available energy for the American people in an environmentally responsible manner (Republican 67%; Independent 76%; Democrat 79%)

“Abundant, affordable and available” – thanks to the American energy renaissance, families and businesses are enjoying the economic and security benefits of increased production of domestic energy resources. It shouldn’t be a surprise that voters want those benefits to continue. The U.S. leads the world in both reduction of emissions and production of oil and natural gas, helping increase U.S. household disposable income by $1337 per year. With the right policies – policies that are market-based, science-based and consumer-focused – policymakers can address voter priorities while working to maintain American global energy leadership.


Jack Gerard
President and CEO


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