Politics

New study finds growing Keystone support among liberals living near project

Support for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline appears to be increasing among liberals who live near the project's expected route, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center surveys in 2013 and 2014.

Researchers Timothy Gravelle of the University of Essex and Erick Lachapelle of the University of Montreal used a "geocode" tool to identify survey respondents and measure the distance of their zip codes from the projected pipeline route.

"Proximity to the pipeline leads to a greater likelihood of favoring the pipeline," Gravelle and Lachapelle said, describing the result as an "inverse NIMBY effect," according to the Washington Post.

"The result suggests that anti-pipeline advocates may be losing the framing war to those who endlessly cite the pipeline's alleged economic benefits," the Post's Chris Mooney said.

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