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Rasmussen poll: Support for offshore oil drilling falls

With oil from the massive leak in the gulf making landfall today, most U.S. voters - 58 percent - still favor domestic offshore oil drilling, but support in Florida has fallen dramatically according to a new poll by Rasmussen Reports.

The national telephone survey found that while 58 percent of voters nationwide continue to want the U.S. to pursue oil drilling off its coasts, support in Florida has declined to 48 percent, while 35 percent are opposed and 16 percent of Florida voters are undecided. That's a big drop from June 2008, when Republican presidential candidate John McCain proposed the resumption of offshore drilling and 59 percent of Florida voters favored drilling off the coast of the state.

Nationally, the numbers have declined as well from 72 percent just after President Barack Obama’s announcement at the end of March that he was lifting the ban on offshore drilling for the first time in years.

The survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was conducted on May 4-5 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. The Florida survey included 500 likely voters and was conducted on May 3 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.5 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:34pm]

    

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