In late August, API Michigan released new polling data showing:
- Six in ten Michigan voters, including a majority of both Democrats and Independents, would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports access to oil and gas produced in the U.S.
- 75 percent of voters, including 68 percent of Democrats, think natural gas and oil will be a significant part of America’s energy needs 20 years from now.
- 94 percent of voters believe it is important to produce enough energy so the U.S. is not as reliant on other countries for oil.
- 95 percent of voters believe it is important to keep energy and gasoline prices affordable.
- 80 percent of respondents support congressional action to invest in energy infrastructure to increase the production and distribution of domestic energy.
- 62 percent of voters, including a majority of Democrats and Independents, believe the natural gas and oil industry will have an important role in helping the economy recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
- 85 percent of respondents think natural gas and oil provide a value to their life.
- 67 percent of voters agree that natural gas and oil make renewable energy possible and provide power when other energy sources are unavailable.
- 66 percent of voters agree that our country’s national security has increased because America is producing more natural gas and oil.
“As we approach the election, it is clear a majority of Michigan voters know and support the critical role the natural gas and oil industry plays in driving the economic recovery, keeping energy costs low and protecting national security,” API President and CEO Mike Sommers said. “U.S. energy leadership has been a priority of every one of our last seven presidents, Democrat and Republican – a trend this polling shows Michigan voters want to see continue. Proposals to ban U.S. energy production are out of step with bipartisan support for an all-of-the-above energy approach and would set America back by returning us to the days of relying on foreign energy.”
A new analysis prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) outlines how the U.S. natural gas and oil industry is a key economic driver in Michigan, supporting nearly 275,000 jobs and contributing over $31 billion to the state’s economy in 2018.