Two-thirds of Americans: Increase Off-Shore Drilling

With gas prices on the rise, a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans support the increase in off-shore drilling.

Unfortunately, those in the Obama administration do not share this sentiment. Their only concern for our pain at the pump is how it may translate at the ballot box for Obama.

Here is the new Pew Research Center poll:

Released: March 19, 2012

As Gas Prices Pinch, Support for Oil and Gas Production Grows


At a time of rising gas prices, the public’s energy priorities have changed. More Americans continue to view the development of alternative energy sources as a higher priority than the increased production of oil, coal and natural gas, but the gap has narrowed considerably over the past year.

Moreover, support for allowing more offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters, which plummeted during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, has recovered to pre-spill levels. Nearly two-thirds (65%) favor allowing increased offshore drilling, up from 57% a year ago and 44% in June 2010, during the Gulf spill.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted March 7-11, 2012 among 1,503 adults, finds that 52% say the more important priority for addressing the nation’s energy supply is to develop alternative sources, such as wind, solar and hydrogen technology, while 39% see expanding the exploration and production of oil, coal and natural gas as the greater priority.




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