Poll: Majority Now Opposes More Offshore Drilling

CBS News politics logo Along with many others, we've been waiting to see what the impact of the oil spill would be on public opinion towards offshore drilling. A recent CBS News poll reveals that 51% of Americans now oppose offshore drilling, an increase from 41% one month ago. Though 40% of Americans still favor increased offshore drilling, that is a 5% decrease since last week and 22% decrease since August 2008. In addition, Americans are now split (45% vs 45%) on whether or not the BP incident was isolate or part of a larger problem.

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Posted June 4th, 2010
By Brian Montopoli, CBS News

Chart_370_oil With oil continuing to stream into the Gulf, a majority of Americans –
51 percent — say the costs and risks of increased offshore drilling
are too great, according to a new CBS News poll.

ten points higher than one month ago and an increase of 23 points from a
poll taken in August 2008, when Republican rallies regularly broke out
in chants of "drill, baby, drill."

In the new poll, 40
percent said they favor increased offshore drilling. That's a drop of
five points from last week and 22 points from August 2008.

Americans believe that BP will ultimately be successful in stopping the
flow of oil – 56 percent say yes, while 29 percent say no. They do not,
however, expect it to happen anytime soon.

Among those
who expect BP to stop the oil flow, just 32 percent expect it to happen
in the next few weeks. Roughly half say it will be in the next few
months, while 14 percent way it will take longer than that.

Americans increasingly see the oil spill not as an isolated incident
but rather part of a broader problem with offshore drilling. Last
month, 51 percent saw the spill as an isolated incident. That figure has
now dropped to 45 percent. The percentage that see the spill as part of
a broader problem, meanwhile, has increased ten percent to match that
45 percent figure.

Most Republicans see the spill as an
isolated incident, while most Democrats see it as part of an overall

Oil spill

Americans are paying attention to the spill: Two in three say
they have heard or red "a lot" about the incident, up from 56 percent
last month.

As Hotsheet reported this morning, the poll
also found that 63 percent of Americans believe the Obama
administration should be doing more to clean up the spill
. Just 28
percent say it is doing all it can.

Seventy percent,
meanwhile, say BP should be doing more.

percent approve of the Obama administration's handling of the spill, up
slightly from last week. Forty-four percent disapprove. BP's approval
rating on handling the spill has also improved slightly, but it stands
at just 21 percent.

Read the Complete Poll
Poll: Obama, BP Should be Doing More on Gulf

CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto. Images credit: CBS.

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