By Jessica Husey Jones and Matthew Yglesias—National Guard troops overwhelmingly favor the Dakota Access pipeline over the Army Corps of Engineers’ review, according to a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center.
A majority of the nation’s national guardsmen (52%) favor the Army’s Corps of Engineering’s review of the Dakota pipeline, compared to 32% who are opposed.
The poll results were released Tuesday by Pew, which is focused on “the relationship between the public, state and local governments, and the federal government,” and includes responses from 538 members of the Guard.
The results, which also include responses from a total of 526 Guardsmen, suggest that the Trump administration has not changed its mind about the Dakota Pipeline and that many Guardsmen remain opposed to its construction.
Only 30% of Guardsmen who oppose the pipeline believe the Army is “more qualified” to make a decision than the Corps, while 67% of Guard members agree with that statement.
The pipeline has been opposed by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the United Nations, and by Native American tribes in the Dakotas and across the U.S.
A survey last year found that nearly 60% of Americans oppose the project, and more than 90% of the country’s Guardsmen oppose it.
The Army Corps said it is reviewing the Dakota oil pipeline’s permit application for its next phase of construction, but that the Army does not intend to stop construction until the Corps gives its final decision.
A number of tribes have already begun blocking construction, including the Standing Rose Sioux tribe in South Dakota and the Navajo Nation in Arizona.
The Trump administration is also reportedly considering a move to withhold federal funding from the pipeline until the Army issues its review.
The White House on Monday said the decision to halt construction is a “significant” development and urged Congress to pass a budget that would include funding for the Dakota construction.
The report also found that roughly one in three Guardsmen believe that Native Americans are not adequately represented in Congress, including one in five who think Native Americans in Congress do not have enough representation.