In late August, API Ohio released new polling showing:
- Nearly seven in ten Ohio voters would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports access to natural gas and oil produced in the U.S., including 61 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of Independents.
- 85 percent recognize the value that natural gas and oil provide to their personal life.
- 72 percent agree that our country’s national security has increased because America is producing more natural gas and oil.
- 93 percent believe keeping energy and gasoline prices affordable is important.
- 70 percent believe that natural gas and oil will be a significant part of America’s energy needs in 2040, including 68 percent of Independents.
- 61 percent 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.
“As one of the country’s top producers of natural gas, Ohio voters know firsthand the essential role our industry plays in driving economic growth, keeping energy costs low and protecting national security,” API Ohio Executive Director Chris Zeigler said. “It is clear a majority of Ohio voters want to support candidates who will strengthen, not undercut, U.S. energy leadership and ensure Ohio families have access to reliable, affordable energy. Policies to restrict development and jeopardize good-paying jobs in our industry – including many union jobs – are out of step with the priorities of Ohio voters and would turn back the clock on U.S. energy progress.”
A new analysis prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) outlines how the U.S. natural gas and oil industry is a key economic driver in Ohio, supporting more than 400,000 jobs and contributing over $67 billion to the state’s economy in 2018.