American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Jack Gerard said American voters of all political stripes agreed that the country needs strong energy leadership to create jobs, lower fuel costs for consumers, enhance our energy security and lower emissions. In a press call with reporters, Gerard revealed the results of an API actual voter poll conducted on election night.

“Eighty percent of voters support increased development of U.S. oil and natural gas resources, including 71% of Democrats, 94% of Republicans and 76% of Independents,” said Gerard.

“Voters want a Congress and administration that works for their interests. And just as there is bipartisan voter support for energy priorities, there is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats in Congress to work toward pro-development policies that provide economic growth, job creation and energy security.

“With the oil and natural gas industry facing 145 regulations or other policy-setting activities that could discourage production, preventing regulatory overreach should be a top priority. A combination of industry innovation, market forces and existing standards have proven effective for keeping hydraulic fracturing safe and reducing emissions of ozone, methane and carbon. In fact, the United States leads the world in reduction of carbon emissions, with clean-burning natural gas driving emissions in the power sector to 25-year lows.

“Seventy-seven percent of voters say they support a national energy policy that ensures a secure supply of abundant, affordable and available energy for the American people in an environmentally responsible manner. That description serves both as a good summary of what the American energy revolution is accomplishing and as a guiding principle for the next administration’s energy policy.

“We look forward to working with the new Congress and the Trump administration to implement voters’ energy priorities and maintain America’s global energy leadership.”

Other poll results:

  • 81% support increased development of the country’s energy infrastructure.
  • 75% expressed concern about government requirements that would increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline.
  • 72% oppose higher taxes that could decrease investment in energy production and reduce energy development.
  • 77% support natural gas’s role in reducing greenhouse gases.
  • 92% believe it is important that gasoline and diesel fuels are helping reduce air pollution.
  • 77% oppose legislation that could increase the cost of domestic oil and natural gas operations, and thus potentially drive up consumer costs.

API is a trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry.