A notable majority of Americans believe the government should approve the construction of a controversial oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, according to the results of a Gallup poll released on Thursday.
The poll showed that 57 percent of Americans think the government should approve the construction of the pipeline, while 29 percent are opposed and 14 percent have no opinion.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Republicans are far more likely to favor the approval of the pipeline, with 81 percent saying that construction of the pipeline should be approved.
Meanwhile, 51 percent of Independents also said the construction of the pipeline should be approved compared to just 44 percent of Democrats.
The survey found that support for the construction of the pipeline is strongest in the Midwest and the South, the two regions where the pipeline would be constructed.
At the same time, Gallup noted that just 49 percent of Americans said they are following news about the pipeline very or somewhat closely, below the average of 60 percent found for attention paid to news events historically.
The release of the poll results comes as President Barack Obama is on a two-day multi-state trip to promote his administration's energy policies and an "all of the above" strategy for reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
Obama will visit the Cushing, Oklahoma-area Thursday morning to announce that his administration will expedite the permit process for the southern portion of the pipeline
The president supports the construction of the pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf of Mexico but blocked a northern section of the pipeline extending up to Canada due to environmental concerns.
While construction of both sections of the pipeline is widely expected to create thousands of jobs, the pipeline's impact on gas prices has been a source of debate due to the possibility that much of the oil could be exported.
The survey of 1,024 adults was conducted March 8th through 11th and has margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
by RTT Staff Writer
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