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With leak stopped, poll shows fading support for oil-drilling ban

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August

01_OilPoll081610_45_135256a With oil no longer gushing from the BP well in the gulf, support for a constitutional ban on drilling in Florida waters is fading, most surprisingly in the Panhandle.

A new poll conducted for the St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald, Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13 shows 41 percent of Florida voters support a ban on offshore drilling, while 49 percent oppose the idea. In May, 44 percent supported the ban and 44 percent opposed.

Support has trailed off chiefly in the North Florida/Panhandle area, which has endured the effects of the oil disaster. In May, 52 percent of voters in the region, many of them Republican, supported a ban; now only 36 percent do.

The overall shift is slight but notable because it illustrates how brief the window was for getting a proposed ban before voters. The political momentum is now diminished. (story here)

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:20am]

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