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Majority of N.C. wants oil drilling, poll finds

Posted September 22, 2008

— More than two-thirds of North Carolina residents favor drilling for oil off the state's coast, according to a poll released Monday.

Offshore drilling was among several issues addressed in the latest Elon University Poll. The poll surveyed 411 people statewide last week and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

The poll found that 68.8 percent support exploring and drilling for oil and natural gas and 78.6 percent said any fuel found in the effort should be reserved for U.S. consumption. More than half of those surveyed said that the companies doing the offshore drilling shouldn't own the rights to the oil.

In other issues, continuing economic instability has cast a pall over the outlook of North Carolinians. A third of respondents said they expected the national and state economies to improve next year, while 37.7 percent said they expected the national economic picture to get worse and 27 percent said the state economy would continue to decline, according to the poll.

Sixty-seven percent of those polled said they disapproved of President George W. Bush's handling of the economy.

Almost half of those polled said they would support a federally funded system for universal health care coverage, while 41.6 percent were opposed to such a plan. Forty-two percent of respondents said they thought a universal system would hurt them rather than help them, according to the poll.

Two-thirds of North Carolina residents are opposed to proposals to allow illegal Latino immigrants to remain in the U.S. even if they have jobs, according to the poll. More than 60 percent of respondents said illegal immigration is a very important issue, and 58.4 percent said Latino immigration has been bad for the U.S.


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  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Sep 23, 2008

    Sad part is that majority of the people who approved the off-shore drilling may be responding in a knee-jerk fashion due to their current economic problems, not necessarily fully understanding that the off-shore drilling would do nothing to solve our economic woes ... ever.

  • randywilloughby Sep 23, 2008

    Okay.... I am not against it by no means. I just thought it was funny to read that the majority of NC wants oil drilling. According to the article, they only surveyed 411 people. That is only about 282 people that supports the drilling for oil. How many people are in NC (millions).... Just thought it was funny.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 23, 2008

    Thanks, geosol, for that post from a geologist who knows our coast. You're right. Why would this adminstration and it's neanderthal fossil party start listening to facts now? They have been rewriting scientific reports on global warming for years now. Did you ever see that 60 Minutes TV show where they showed the scientific document changed by a Bush attorney? No, these people not only ignore facts, they lie about them. (e.g. Bush ignored Joe Wilson's report that showed the whole Nigerian "yellow cake" rumor was a lie...and then Bush and his staff took us to war with his lie.)

  • geosol Sep 22, 2008

    Lost in all of this is the fact that there's probably no oil off our coast to "drill, baby, drill" for. I'm a geologist and used to work in the petroleum industry back in the 1980's. There were a few deep exploratory borings by an oil company consortium back then that helped to better define the stratigraphy, but didn't find any petroleum. Most data suggests that there should be some decent natural gas off our coast and i'm all for going after that - as long as we work towards the long term solution to this problem which has to be petroleum alternatives. But don't the facts get in the way of a cute but ignorant political slogan.

  • clintoflannagan Sep 22, 2008

    I think we ought to put windmills and solar panels on the oil rigs.

  • OSX Sep 22, 2008

    The rigs will be out of sight of the coastline unless you ARE REALLY TALL. If we don't do something here to produce our own energy, nobody except the extremely rich or deadbeats will enjoy our oceans and beaches. If all we can get is natural gas, that is something that will not contaminate anything and will help us become independent.

  • hi_i_am_wade Sep 22, 2008

    The majority want offshore drilling, but the vocal minority will win out. Always have, always will.

  • mjjunk Sep 22, 2008

    The reason big auto makers don't have incentive to sell fuel efficient vehicles here in America is because we are all stupid enough to buy 10-25 mpg vehicles. Come on all you Republicans. You should realize that in a Demand Supply economy, that if we start buying (demand) the fuel efficient vehicles currently available, then the companies will start to supply more of these types of cars. Without that demand, they will not put their neck out just so that we can have options. The key is for people to stop complaining, buy a fuel efficient vehicle, make it hurt where it hurts the most for the oil companies - in their pockets. Stop demanding oil, and the price will go DOWN.

  • watch out here i come Sep 22, 2008

    For our own Coast the Plate saying The Graveyard of the Atlantic says it all if we start Drilling Offshore. First Spill will do more Damage to an already Damaged Coast along with possibly damaging other States Coastlines as Well. Plus we don't have Refineries that would be ready to Refine the Oil. So where will the Oil go(to the Gulf Coast or up to New England to be Refined).

  • swinter Sep 22, 2008

    Amen, MSN93!

    I'm guessing the drill crowd didn't think of that either. Maybe they will enjoy going driving to Canada to go to the beach and chowing down on healthy, safe, Chinese shrimp.