ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Strong bipartisan majorities of registered Alaska voters support increased production of U.S. oil and natural gas, according to a new poll released by API.
"Today's poll shows strong majorities of Alaska voters support more domestic oil and natural gas development, regardless of party affiliation," said Jack Gerard, president and CEO of API. "Perhaps more than any other state, Alaska understands the connection between access to energy resources and good public policy.
"Alaskans recognize the possibilities for America's economic future. While the availability of affordable and reliable domestic energy creates opportunity, success depends on the policies created today."
The state-wide telephone poll, conducted for API by Harris Poll among 601 registered voters in Alaska also found that:
- 94 percent of registered Alaska voters agree that increased production of domestic oil and natural gas resources could lead to more jobs in the U.S.
- 92 percent say that increased production of domestic oil and natural gas resources could help stimulate the economy.
- 91 percent say that it is important to them to produce more oil and natural gas here at home.
- 87 percent say that increased production of domestic oil and natural gas resources could help strengthen America's energy security.
- 83 percent say that they support increased production of oil and natural gas resources located here in the U.S.
- 77 percent say that producing more domestic oil and natural gas could help lower energy costs for consumers.
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.
The study was conducted May 14-15, 2014 by telephone by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute among 601 registered voters in Alaska, with a sampling error of +/- 4%. A full methodology is available upon request.
"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 know Americans' perspectives on key energy issues.
SOURCE American Petroleum Institute