64% Favor Offshore Oil Drilling

Despite the major oil rig leak that continues to spew an estimated 5,000 barrels a day into the Gulf of Mexico, the majority of U.S. voters still support offshore oil drilling.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows 64% believe offshore oil drilling should be allowed, up from 58% earlier this month.

Twenty-one percent (21%) say offshore drilling should not be allowed, and another 15% are undecided.

Despite the increase in support for drilling, the latest finding is still down eight points 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. But that marked the highest level of support ever in Rasmussen Reports polling.

However, most voters (67%) continue to be at least somewhat concerned that offshore drilling will cause environmental problems, including 33% who are Very Concerned. Thirty-two percent (32%) are not concerned about environmental problems caused by offshore drilling, including six percent (6%) who are Not At All Concerned.

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