July 30th, 2008
01:08 PM ET

Americans favor offshore drilling

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Ben Rooney
CNNMoney.com writer

As the nation struggles to meet its energy needs, a majority of Americans think drilling for oil and natural gas in offshore waters is a good idea, according to according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday.

The poll, which surveyed more than 1,000 adult Americans by phone in July, found that 69% of respondents support the idea of offshore drilling, while 30% opposed it. In June, 73% were in favor of offshore drilling.

But the poll also found that Americans are divided over whether or not offshore drilling will have an immediate impact on high gas prices.


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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Teresa

    This is ridiculous. We are innovative human beings. People have already invented ways to run cars out of pressurized air and water, solar powered and electirc cars, etc. It's the OIL investors, (can we say CONFLICT OF INTEREST BUSH?!?!?!!!), that want to KEEP us dependant on oil until the demand is SO great that invesors are able to hike up the price to no end! ...Sickening! CONSUMERS must make different choices to change the demand.

    July 31, 2008 at 6:13 am |
  2. chon

    I am curious to know who some of these people are that are polled. I know quite a few people from all types of backgrounds and one thing that we have in common is that offshore drilling equal profits for big oil.

    July 31, 2008 at 2:08 am |
  3. chon

    I have a question. If Obama's bundlers are big oil, then why doesn't he support offshore drilling? Why did they, big oil, give McCain's campaign 1.1 million?

    It would seem that if big oil were supporting Obama, he would have been supporting offshore drilling with a huge banner because according to the media and their "polls" this is what the public wants. This stance if the polls are true would have benefited him. Don't you think?

    July 31, 2008 at 2:04 am |
  4. chon

    Yes I remember 3 mile Island. Also, the tragic oil spill outside of Alaska's shores. I like the comment mentioned earlier about T. Boone Pickens
    "we can't drill our way out of this" He's been an oil man for a long time........listen this isn't about instant gratification, it will be long term.

    Big oil needs to be deregulated so that it is not traded on the open market. When Bush was elected and removed the wind fall profit tax, congress told him that this would cause gas prices to spiral out of control. Bush said, "this wouldn't happen." The fact is he didn't care, this is an oil man. period.

    July 31, 2008 at 1:58 am |
  5. Della

    FACE IT PEOPLE! The candidates need to come clean with the people.

    It doesnt matter how much OFF-SHORE, ON-SHORE, ANWR, WHEREVER DRILLING GOES ON ... GAS prices are NEVER coming DOWN AGAIN! Get used to it! I remember when gas was 29 cents a gallon. Once it went up, it never came down again.

    So Americans, get over it!!! The prices will NEVER come down again. Believe it!

    July 31, 2008 at 1:46 am |
  6. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    I would like to see more drilling for oil. But why do we just "let" the oil companies have it? Why doesn't our Govt. do the drilling in the interest of the US? Let's do what other countries do .........and drill our own oil. To hell with the big oil companies...................

    July 30, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  7. Mike Fitch

    and for everyone that is saying OBama is against off shore drilling, maybe you should actually hear both sides of the story instead of spewing McCain talking points. He is for drilling, just were there is already open areas. Look up what is open and what Republicans(Oil Co.) want to be available.

    July 30, 2008 at 11:36 pm |
  8. Mike Fitch

    Daniel July 30th, 2008 10:38 pm ET

    We should be drilling off shore and according to the expert oil people the lead time is within 2 years to the gas pump. Not the 7 to 10 that Cnn panel members & Obama keep spouting. The Amwar fields may be in the 7 to 10 year frame.

    Even the Energy department, you know the one Bush is in charge of, says that it won't even dent oil or gas prices till 2030.

    July 30, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  9. Mike Fitch

    with all the hype around off shore drilling, shouldn't republicans be telling Americans where it's going. Take for instance the Alaskan Pipeline, all the oil it produces go to Japan. Yes thats right I Said JAPAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  10. Ron, Berkeley,Ca.

    Any oil drilled will be sold to other countries.

    July 30, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  11. Patricia

    As already stated, access to additional lands for drilling will provide no relief and oil companies already have leases on areas where they could begin drilling.

    Keeping the price of oil where it is or higher could have the very positive result of forcing us to get serious about alternative energy. In the 70s we said we would never again be that dependent on oil. However, as soon as gas prices went down.....we heard little about alternative energy.

    Brazil has used sugar cane ethanol for years....cheap, clean, why not import? More efficient than corn. Of course, one would have to remove the Bush import tax.

    Why aren't we being encouraged to fight our oil addiction with conservation methods. Incentives for car pooling (fast lanes for cars with more than one passenger), price incentives for small cars, cheap bike rentals provided throughout cities and on campuses, bike trails, rails, etc. down middle of freeways, Cool advertisements for mopeds. Financial incentives, tax credits for those using solar panels to heat their homes. As city buses break down...require that the replacements be electric, hybrid, or run on hydrogen, etc., etc.,

    Other countries experiencing gas prices twice as high as ours have found ways to cope.......we can too.

    July 30, 2008 at 11:05 pm |
  12. Larry

    No nuclear power either, remember 3-mile island? No solar power unless those solar panels are free.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  13. Rosie

    Off shore drilling sounds like a good idea, because we are thinking, based upon our hardships. This is why we have a war in Iraq. Its time we stop being influenced by our emotions
    and our personal hardships. It's time we start using our God given reasoning power, which is what Obama is doing, not for himself, but for the good of the country.
    When we are hurting, we are willing to settle for a quick fix, so McCain, know we are not going to think the matter through, and is willing to take advantage of our vulnerability; just as they took advantage of our emotions, after 9:11, and now we have two wars, when we only needed one.
    Think about it: What if you drill off the coast of Florida or Texas, and another Katrina come through leaving no coast behind? What if Dolly had taken away the coast of Texas? We are where we are today, because we fail to think beyond our emotions and our hardships.

    Obama is thinking what would be good for the people, not how do I use the people's vulnerabilities to get in the White House. And if we would stop judging the color of his skin, and searching to find fault with his every word, and his every move, we would hear words of great wisdom coming from his mouth. Obama has something McCain does not have-A vision for the country. The scripture says, "Without a vision; the people perish." So forget the color of the container, and give a listening ear to its contents.
    I resent the fact that Hilary and McCain tried to take adnantage of my lack of education. But yet they convinced others, who are lacking in education, that it was Obama who was looking down on them.
    Hilary played to the high school drop-outs and the GED graduates, and McCain is following in her footsteps. Look at the two states he has chose to run his negative ads-PA and OH.
    I maybe a GED graduate, but I understand every word coming from Obama's mouth,also his reasoning, and need no one to interpret them for me nor to me, and neither should you.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  14. Ron Ligenzowski

    We don't need offshore drilling, especially off the #1 tourist state in the Union. How are the Republicans going to guarantee that there will be no oil spills (as in Ted Stevens' Alaska) that will hurt the economy of the Sunshine State, much less ruin the wetlands, beaches, etc. Maybe Ted Stevens can clean up the mess with Exxon, Mobil, Shell, Texaco, BP, Raceway, Racetrak, Sunoco....well, you get the idea....

    July 30, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  15. Daniel

    We should be drilling off shore and according to the expert oil people the lead time is within 2 years to the gas pump. Not the 7 to 10 that Cnn panel members & Obama keep spouting. The Amwar fields may be in the 7 to 10 year frame.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  16. Lloyd Weaver

    We dill constantly now; thousands of new oil wells a year. The offshore option issue for states only shows the rest of the world we will step up to the plate on the sites they let us drill on, and, it will work to reduce oil prices. The fact Obama doesn’t get this (or the Dems in general) is very disappointing. Congress left on a very negative note, and Dems refusal to allow that state’s option to be considered will forced oil prices up tomorrow. The election will hopefully sort this all out.

    July 30, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  17. lampe

    Annie Kate, exactly how long do you think it's going to get us up and running on a clean renewable source of energy?

    July 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
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