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U.S. views on federal government bailing out oil industry by political belief 2020

As a result of the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus and the infectious disease COVID-19, the oil industry was among the sectors that were severely economically impacted. As of March 2020, 62 percent of the surveyed Republican voters agreed with the federal government providing financial support to aid this industry.

Share of adults supporting federal government providing financial assistance to the oil industry in the United States as of March 2020, by political orientation*

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Release date

April 2020


United States

Survey time period

March 27 to 29, 2020

Number of respondents

1,015 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* Original question phrased as: "As you may know, the federal government is considering providing financial assistance to/bailing out certain companies and industries that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus. For each one below, please indicate to what extent you agree the federal government should be providing financial assistance/bailing them out." [% Total Agree, Oil & Gas]

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