Americans oppose drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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Americans oppose drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The tax bills that were recently approved by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives each contain a provision allowing drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The bill now heads for reconciliation by the two chambers, an up or down vote of the final bill by the House and Senate, and then to President Trump for his signature.

How do Americans feel about opening up ANWR to drilling for oil? And how much do opinions differ across partisan lines?

In our most recent nationally representative survey, conducted in late October, we found that a large majority of American voters (70%) oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Those strongly opposed outnumber those who strongly support the policy by more than 4 to 1.

Further, majorities of Democrats (84%), Independents (64%), and Republicans (52%) oppose drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Only 18% of Republicans “strongly support” the policy.

For more information about the survey methodology, please click here.


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