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API: Colorado voters focused on US oil and gas development

Poll: Large majority of Colorado voters favor increased US oil and natural gas development.
API: Colorado voters focused on US oil and gas development

For the 2016 election, 68% of registered Colorado voters say they are more likely to support a candidate who supports producing more oil and natural gas, according to a new telephone poll conducted for the Colorado Petroleum Council (CPC) by Harris Poll among 604 registered Colorado voters.

Seventy-eight percent of registered Colorado voters support increased production of oil and natural gas resources located here in the US, and the poll also found that:

Majorities of republicans (95%), Independents (84%) and Democrats (69%) say that producing more oil and natural gas here in the US is important to them.

Majorities of registered voters believe increased access could help: create jobs (85%), strengthen energy security (83%), and lower consumer energy costs (79%).

"Candidates in tomorrow's debate should take this opportunity to discuss the smart energy policies that concern Coloradoans, growing our nation's still shaky economy, creating well-paying jobs and maintaining our nation's global energy leadership," said Tracee Bentley, executive director of the CPC. "That includes expanding access to domestic oil and natural gas resources, ending the ban on crude oil exports, repealing the RFS, approving the Keystone XL pipeline, and reining in duplicative and unnecessary regulations."

The CPC is a division of API, which represents all segments of America's oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 625 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation's energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million US jobs and 8% of the US economy.

The study was conducted 15-18 October, 2015, by telephone by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute among 604 registered voters in Colorado, with a sampling error of +/- 4%. A full methodology is available upon request. 

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