More Support for Offshore Drilling

A new survey finds growing support for lifting the ban on offshore oil drilling in the Gulf.

The Quinnipiac University Poll of registered Florida voters found 51 percent support lifting the ban.

Only 42 percent want to leave it in place.

“We asked whether the recent rise in energy prices has changed their views on that issue, and by a more than two to one margin among those that say their views have changed, the higher energy prices have affected their decisions. They are more likely to support drilling,” says Peter Brown of Quinnipiac University.

The same survey found 88 percent of Florida voters blame oil companies for rising gas prices.

The survey was conducted May 15-22 of 1,086 registered voters.