65% in Texas Still Support Offshore Drilling

Rasmussen Reports

Despite the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, 65% of Likely Voters in Texas still support offshore oil drilling, according to a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state. Twenty-one percent (21%) oppose such drilling.

These numbers are down somewhat since the Deepwater Horizon spill began, bringing them in line with the national average. A month ago, 77% of Texans supported offshore oil drilling.

Nationally, 64% believe offshore oil drilling should be allowed, down 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.

The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Texas was conducted on May 13, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5% percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Eighty-six percent (86%) of Republicans in Texas and 68% of voters not affiliated with either party favor offshore oil drilling. Among Democrats in the state, 36% support it, while 40% are opposed.

Only 17% of voters under 30 support offshore oil drilling, but 59% remain undecided. Voters over the age of 30 overwhelmingly support offshore drilling.

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