In late August, API Minnesota released new polling data showing:
- Nearly six in ten Minnesota voters, including a majority of Democrats, would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports access to oil and gas produced in the U.S.
- 80 percent of respondents support congressional action to invest in energy infrastructure to increase the production and distribution of domestic energy.
- 76 percent of voters, including 66 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of Independents, think natural gas and oil will be a significant part of America’s energy needs 20 years from now.
- 61 percent of voters in Minnesota, including 54 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of 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.
- 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.
- 69 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota, supporting over 171,000 jobs and contributing more than $23 billion to the state’s economy in 2018.