(CNN) - Most Americans favor an increase in offshore oil drilling but the public is split over whether or not it would result in lower gas prices in the next year, according to a just-released CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.
More than two thirds of Americans say they favor increasing drilling efforts off America's costs while only 30 percent disapprove of such action. Those numbers come the same day President Bush publicly scolded Democratic congressional leaders for not putting his proposal to expand domestic oil drilling, specifically on the outer continental shelf, to a vote.
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The issue has become a divisive one on the campaign trail, with John McCain in favor of lifting a congressional ban on offshore drilling while Barack Obama is opposed to such a proposal.
McCain has said such increases in drilling efforts could ease prices at the pump within a "matter of months." But Obama has said there is little evidence that drilling offshore would have any positive effect on American consumers and is instead pushing energy rebates.
The poll also shows Americans are divided when it comes to the effect of offshore drilling. Just over 50 percent think it will reduce gas prices while 49 percent say it will not.
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To all you liberal lefts... It takes a car company 5 years to develop the next model car and you all think we can have an alternative solution in less than 10? The new Honda Hydrogen car cost over $1,000,000 to produce and they are only making 100 of them for a hand full of people as a $600 per month lease. There are only a few hydrogen gas stations in the entire united states and it takes a electricity to convert H2O into Hydrogen which means we'll need more power plants.
Drilling will be a short term fix as well as get us off foreign oil until we can produce alternative technologies.
I would have to respond with MOST AMERICANS ARE IDIOTS THEN! This will do nothing to aleviate gas prices for another 10-15 years. The answer is build some refineries and in the mean time research alternative energy forces. People that want to drill need to put the kool aid down and actually take a look at the issue. STOP RUINING MY COUNTRY
Drilling for Oil in the gulf is a temporary fix. We have to come to the realization that oil isn't a renewable energy source. Why damage the ocean's ecosystem for something that isn't sustainable? Renewable energy research is the most sensible option. Most American's aren't known for their ability to reason, this coming from an American. Wake up America. We need to act now. Renewable Energy research, not more drilling.
"But Obama has said there is little evidence that drilling offshore would have any positive effect on American consumers and is instead pushing energy rebates."
'Rebates' = cash. Government cash comes from taxpayers. To raise extra cash for the rebates taxes have to be raised. And thats only a single issue – what about all of the other programs and cash expenditure promises to "change" things?
Change for the better? Get real!
If drilling started today, it would take years (4-6) before we would see any of the oil for our use today.
Developing alternative methods is faster and cheaper – and will never happen until the oil industry sets up companies to do just that!
And T. Boone Pickens?! Coincidentally he just happens to own 68% of the land that would be leased to the windmills for wind power. How much of an interest does he have in the compnaies that make the windmills and related parts? He has in interest, but he won't disclose how much.
Besides, isn't he due to sponsor the next "Swift Boaters" against Obama like he did against Kerry?!
INSTANT FIX...why is it so difficult for Most American's to understand what Off-Shore Drilling would entail. 1) Oil Spills (Louisanna?) 2) Earthquakes (California?) 3) Tourist Revenue (Florida?). When we learn to look beyond the 'Nose On Our Face'.
LONG RANGE EFFECT!!!!!!!!
Take all those polled and exclude anyone that does NOT live in a coastal state.
Now what are the poll numbers?
ONLY THOSE LIVING IN COASTAL STATES WILL HAVE A VOTE!
I can't wait to see people driving around with " windmills " on top of their cars !!!
The national polls for offshore drilling seem to reflect the "national" mood. The only polls for this issue that really matter are the individual states that are directly affected with drilling on their shores. If these states object to the drilling, then that poses a potentially tricky and nasty fight for McCain and company to actually implement this agenda. In this case, I think the NIMBY voters in the states affected would be overwhelmingly against the drilling, which makes McCain's objective unlikely to be achieved with legislation.
McCain has said that it is up to the states to decide whether or not they want offshore drilling off their coasts. So if the people in the midwest and south want it but those states along the coasts don't, what then?
Abby, whats unfortunate is that AL Gore has convinced you the the law of supply and demand does not work when you talk oil. Supply and demand works with everything from paper to steel to wood. If you don't beleive me then tell me why Pelosie want's to open the SPR.
Do this as STEP NUMBER ONE, imagine if you will, that if Bill Clinton didn't veto the bill to START the drilling, we would be USING THE OIL NOW!
The Republicans have been begging you lefties to do this in a controlled manner, also use coal, windfarms, nuclear energy, etc, etc but the Dr No's in the Democratic party have shot EVERYTHING down.
While we use these means, we can ALSO look into alternatives, a FULL PLATE OF IDEAS and NO MORE DR NO'S.
Have Democrats talked about alternatives, YES, but that is ALL they have done while Clinton and Al Freaken Gore was in office, ALL TALK and NO ACTION.
The TIME to act is NOW and this is a GOOD FIRST STEP.
Most Americans want offshore drilling? Most Americans don't live near the shore.
Sure in somebody else's backyard, not mine.
2/3rds of this country have bought the oil industry's greedy lies. After what has been done to us over the past few years in the name of a "free market" while oil CEOs cash larger and larger checks you would think that we would learn.
But then again we did re-elect George W. Bush.
low-information voters are always the key to republicans success. Then those same low-information voters complain when they keep becoming poorer and poorer. Drilling will not help!!!!
For all of you lib idiots, what exactly is lifting the ban going to hurt? You feel we should use our strategic reserve to curb prices (which is for a real crisis). Lift the ban so the speculators can speculate that America will not put up with ridiculous prices. Lifting the offshore drilling ban won't hurt anyone except crybaby environuts and Obama. We are decades from a viable alternative, get real.
People want Off Shore dilling b/c they don't understand the problem, b/c Entrainment Companies like CNN, Fox, and MSNBC misinform people. Off shore drilling is not going to do anything to help gas prices in the next 7 years. A well thought out reaction would be much better instead of this Disaster Capitalism tactic.
Obama is not further ahead because he is not presidential material and people know it. I guess we are idiots if we do not want Obama according ot his supporters. Obama acts like a know it all (and does not know very much) and his supporters act like they know it all too. Sorry, but people with any brains at all do not think Obama walks on water, or can heal the world, blah blah blah. Like I said in my comment that you took out CNN – Obama is a "fraud". Obama is for "Obama"!!!!!!!!!
Of course we do. Only smug elitists like Harry Reid and the cosmetially enhanced dragon lady think they know best.
These are the same people that think McCain would make a good president. This is starting to look like the movie Idiocracy.
Drilling will not happen off the California coast no matter how many people outside of California want it. It will be voted down by the people of California and the governor.
They want this because most Americans do not know that there are already billions of leased land that the oil companies are not drilling. If they are not drilling on the land that they have, why should they get more? Come on America, are we this stupid?
This is an indication that most people aren't paying attention to political issues. Really, it makes no sense. The oil companies already have land that they aren't drilling on, but they want to lease more of it? Why not invest money into alternative forms of energy?
What if we do offshore drill and theres a spill into the ocean that would be a mess as well as expensive to clean what about the cost of equipment, refineries and it could take years for results.