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Thursday, July 02, 2015

What America Thinks: Is Offshore Drilling a Money Matter?

Many things Rasmussen Reports asks about are pocketbook issues for Americans, and it appears offshore oil drilling is another one of them.

In regular surveys since 2008, most Americans have favored drilling offshore despite strong opposition from environmental groups. Even in the months after the disastrous 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, support for offshore drilling never fell below 56%, and few were undecided on the issue.

Then suddenly early this year, with gas prices at the pump hovering at or near four-year lows, voters were suddenly less inclined than ever to support offshore drilling. The number who were undecided jumped to their highest levels in Rasmussen Reports polling history. Five months later, however, with gas prices rising and summer travel season upon us, those doubts seem to have faded: 58% now say the United States should allow offshore drilling. One-in-four are opposed, and only 16% are undecided.

For Rasmussen Reports, I'm Beth Chunn.