90% of Americans believe US petroleum refining, petrochemical manufacturing are important - poll

Source: NPRA

A poll released Monday shows that 90 percent of Americans believe the nation’s petroleum refineries and petrochemical manufacturing plants are among America’s “most important” or “important” industries.

NPRA, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, announced results of the poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation.

A total of 44 percent of Americans believe the refining and petrochemical sectors are “among the country’s most important industries,” while 46 percent consider the sector “among the country’s important industries,” the poll found.

Only 5 percent of those surveyed said the refining and petrochemical sectors were “not among the country’s important industries” and the remaining 5 percent said they did not know.

When asked what they associated with the refining and petrochemical sectors, and allowed to give multiple responses, those polled listed: oil, gas or fuel (76 percent); critical to America’s competiveness (67 percent); manufacturing (64 percent); science and high tech (62 percent); and keystone to other U.S. industries (57 percent).

The poll surveyed 1,000 adults and was demographically and geographically proportioned to accurately reflect the opinions of all adults in the nation based on the latest U.S. Census figures. The poll has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.

“It’s gratifying to know that the vast majority of Americans understand the vital role that America’s fuels and petrochemical manufacturers play,” said NPRA President Charles T. Drevna. “Our members strengthen America’s national and economic security, preserve high-tech American manufacturing jobs, and efficiently produce reliable fuels and petrochemicals that benefit every American every day.”

Drevna said many of these themes are reflected in NPRA’s recently released 2011 Annual Report.

“Our Annual Report explains clearly the contributions our members make to America and the American people, and shows why the fuels and petrochemicals we manufacture will serve Americans for many decades to come,” Drevna said. “We can and must play a critical role in building a stronger, more prosperous America and improving the lives of American families.”

NPRA is a trade association representing high-tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S. supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of vital products in daily life. NPRA members make modern life possible and keep America moving and growing as they meet the needs of our nation and local communities, strengthen economic and national security, and provide jobs directly and indirectly for more than 2 million Americans.

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