Americans starting to get behind Keystone: Poll

A commuter walks past advertisements promoting Canada as a preferable oil provider for America at a...

A commuter walks past advertisements promoting Canada as a preferable oil provider for America at a metro station in Washington January 29, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

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A new poll in the newspaper USA Today shows 56% of Americans approve of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would move crude oil in Alberta to refineries in the southern U.S.

The poll, conducted by Stanford University and the non-partisan research group Resources for the Future, found 41% of the 801 adults surveyed oppose the project.

The poll was conducted Nov. 20 to Dec. 5 for the newspaper.

"These findings are suggestive, but not conclusive," Phil Sharp, president of RFF, told the newspaper. "We simply don't know how firm people's attitudes are about this."

During his state of the union address Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama did not address whether he will approve the controversial pipeline.

The American Petroleum Institute said on Monday the U.S. State Department's recommendation on the pipeline could be released this week.


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