Dem Disparity: 54% of Low-Income Support Pipeline, 51% of High-Income Oppose

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | March 19, 2014 | 1:14 PM EDT

A new Pew poll shows that a majority of low-income Democrats support building the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but only about a third (36%) of their wealthiest party members favor this potential source of energy.

Democrat support for the pipeline falls from 54% for families with annual income under $50,000, to 48% among those earning $50,000-$100,000 - to only 36% among families with at least $100,000 in income.

Likewise, opposition to the pipeline increases as family income rises:

  • 34% oppose in families earning under $50,000
  • 42% oppose in families earning $50,000-$100,000
  • 51% oppose in families earning more than $100,000

On the Republican side, Pew reports that "Unlike Democrats, there are no significant differences by education or income level," with 84% favoring the pipeline and only 9% opposing it.

Overall, 61% of all respondents support the pipeline, 27% oppose it, and 12% have no opinion.

As for the administration's Secretary of State, John Kerry, even his wife doesn't know where he stands on the issue, he says.