With gas prices hovering at $4 a gallon, a majority of Floridians now support drilling for oil in protected areas offshore, according to a new poll.
The survey found 60 percent of respondents support drilling, with 10 percent telling pollsters they opposed offshore drilling in the past. Thirty-six percent of respondents said they remain opposed to offshore drilling.
The poll of 1,248 likely Florida voters was conducted July 23-29 by Quinnipiac University and has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.
The same poll also shows John McCain narrowing Barack Obama's advantage in the state. Obama has a 46 percent lead to McCain's 44 percent, compared to a 47 to 43 percent lead for Obama in June - a shift within the poll's 2.8 percentage point margin of error.
"While Obama was on tour, trying to show voters he could handle world affairs, voters were home trying to fill their gas tanks," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the school's polling institute.
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