With oil reaching its first landfall today after the massive oil leak in the Gulf, 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 continue to want the U.S. to pursue oil drilling off its coasts, support in Florida has declined to 48%, while 35% are opposed and 16% 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% of Florida voters favored drilling off the coast of the state.
Nationally, the numbers have declined as well from 72% just after President 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, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. The Florida survey included 500 likely voters and was conducted on May 3, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.