July 31st 2008
ust a year ago, about 60 percent of Californians opposed offshore drilling, but now a new survey from the highly regarded California polling organization the Public Policy Institute of California shows things have turned dramatically:
Fifty-one percent of Californians favor more oil drilling off the coast – a 10-point increase since July 2007 – according to a statewide survey released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). This is the first time since 2003, when PPIC first posed the question, that more Californians favor offshore drilling than oppose it (45%), a shift caused in large part by a surge in support among Republicans.
Expanding on that, PPIC reports that Republican support for drilling is now at 77 percent, up from 60 percent a year ago, and Independents are up to 44 percent from just 33 percent a year ago. Even Dem views are shifting, with 35 percent now in support, versus 29 percent last July.
Obama’s message promoting alternative energy will play well here, too, as support for greater research and commitment to alternative energy is strong across party lines, running at 83 percent.
But McCain’s new message – drill more/do more, do everything to reduce dependence on foreign oil – will resonate more powerfully here than Obama’s new message – be sure to fill your tires to the manufacturer’s specifications.
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