Plurality of Americans Skeptical of Pro-Drilling Congressional Candidates

By: Thursday June 24, 2010 6:30 pm

The latest NBC/WSJ poll asked how voters felt about candidates who ‘Favor continuing oil drilling off the U.S. coast.’ Notice that they did not ask about candidates who favor increased drilling, they asked about candidates who favor continuing drilling. The results are astounding: 48% of voters are either very uncomfortable or have reservations about Congressional candidates who ‘favor continuing’ offshore drilling. Just 41% are comfortable or enthusiastic about candidates taking that position

Fox News Poll: Support for Offshore Drilling Down 26% in Two Months

By: Friday June 11, 2010 1:31 pm

A new Fox News poll finds that support for offshore drilling continues to drop dramatically. While the percentage of Americans in favor of increased drilling has dropped from 70% to 46% in just two months, the percentage opposed has more than doubled, from 22% to 48%.

This is in line with the findings of dozens of other polls in recent weeks.

48% of Americans Think BP Knowingly Violated Oil Drilling Regulations

By: Saturday June 5, 2010 1:30 pm

The new Economist/YouGov poll is out (previous polls here), and it includes several questions on the disaster in the Gulf and offshore drilling.

Of particular interest, 48% of those who are familiar with the spill think BP knowingly violated oil drilling regulations in advance of the disaster. Just 20% disagreed and 32% were not sure. As the DOJ’s investigation unfolds, we can expect a good portion of those who were not sure to move over to the ‘knowingly violated regulations’ camp.

Despite Pundit Claims, Offshore Drilling Support Down Significantly

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:13 pm

Seizing on a recent NBC/WSJ poll (PDF) showing 60% of Americans continue to support offshore drilling, several journalists and pundits have implied that support for offshore drilling has not declined sharply in recent weeks. As I’ll show below, this is absolutely false.

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