A new poll conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that, while many Americans are willing to pay a small amount to get out of the North Dakota pipeline, there is a large gap in the number of people willing to spend a significant amount of money on a protest that could bring the whole thing to an end.
The poll asked 1,000 Americans to rate the pros and cons of the pipeline.
Among those who responded, 54 percent of respondents said they would definitely pay a lot more to see the pipeline go down, while only 38 percent said they wouldn’t.
Fifty-three percent of those polled said they might have a problem if the pipeline spilled into the Missouri River.
The survey, conducted online in late November and early December, has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
The margin of victory is statistically indistinguishable from zero, according to the pollsters.
When asked which protests were likely to bring the protests to a head, the poll showed that only 20 percent of Americans said they were “certain” or “very likely” that they would be able to prevent a pipeline spill.
In contrast, 81 percent of people said they are “certain,” and 83 percent said “very unlikely” that such a spill would happen.
Nearly half of Americans surveyed said they plan to “take to the streets” to block the pipeline, which is more than any other protest movement in the U.S. This compares with just 37 percent of poll respondents who said they planned to “stand by and watch” as the pipeline was built.
The poll also showed that a large majority of Americans say they will “stay home” from work if the protests continue.
The pipeline is not the only issue that could cause an unnecessary confrontation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
The Standing Rock water protectors are also protesting the Dakota Access pipeline, but only in a symbolic protest.
The Dakota Access Pipeline has been on the ground for two weeks, after a permit for construction was denied by the Obama administration.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily blocking the construction of the Dakota pipeline last Friday.
The U.N. has expressed concern about the dangers of the construction, which would cross a river that serves as a major source of drinking water for the Standing Sioux Tribe and other Native American communities.