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AP: US Public Still Wants Offshore Drilling

From a shameless Associated Press:

Poll: Good marks for Obama on spill, more drilling


May 13, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Gulf of Mexico oil spill hasn’t stained President Barack Obama nor dimmed the public’s desire for offshore energy drilling, according to a new Associated Press-GfK Poll.

While some conservative pundits, such as Rush Limbaugh, have called this "Obama’s Katrina," that’s not how the public feels, the poll found. BP PLC, which owned the well that has gushed more than 4 million gallons since an Apr. 20 oil rig explosion, is getting more of the public’s ire.

More people surveyed said they approved of Obama’s handling of the ongoing oil spill than disapproved, but not by large margins or with unusually strong feelings. It contrasts with the public’s reaction to President George W. Bush’s response to another Gulf disaster, 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

The poll found that 42 percent approve of Obama’s actions, 33 percent disapprove and 21 percent say they have neutral feelings about his response.

The Associated Press and the rest of the Obama media should take a well deserved bow.

The reaction is strongly along partisan lines. Democrats lean toward favoring Obama’s actions, 58 percent to 19 percent, with 17 percent expressing neither approval nor disapproval. By 47 percent to 27 percent, Republicans disapprove of Obama’s reaction, with 23 percent saying neither. Independents are about evenly split between approval and disapproval

So, naturally, the AP oversampled the Democrats by 6% (a pdf file) — not counting the so-called ‘Independents,’ who are really mostly Democrats.

For Bush after Katrina, the public was harsher in its assessment. An AP-Ipsos poll in mid-September 2005 showed Bush’s approval rating somewhat lower in the weeks following the Katrina disaster than Obama’s rating for handling the current crisis. Back then, 35 percent approved of Bush’s handling of the disaster and 42 percent disapproved, with 25 percent expressing neither approval nor disapproval

Even though BP got lower ratings than the president, it wasn’t too bad for the company formerly known as British Petroleum. Of those polled, 49 percent disapprove of BP’s actions, 32 percent approve and 15 percent express neither approval nor disapproval. But the feelings about BP were much more strong on the negative end, with 32 percent strongly disapproving of its actions compared with 6 percent who strongly approve.

The poll also found that the public still supports the idea of drilling offshore for oil and gas. By 50 percent to 38 percent, more people favor increased coastal drilling for oil and gas than oppose it.

Notice how this information is buried in the article. Oh, by the way… People still want the US to drill for oil offshore.

While Republicans favor it by a 3-to-1 margin, Democrats lean toward opposing it, 52 percent to 36 percent. Independents are about evenly split. Groups giving drilling the strongest support include men, middle-aged and older people, whites and residents of rural and suburban areas

In other words, the ‘bitter clinger’ brigades.

For comparison, here is the headline and lead paragraph that Ipsos, the polling company AP used to partner with, used for their poll on the same subject:

Americans More Likely to Favor than Oppose Increased Offshore Drilling Despite Gulf Coast Disaster

Six in Ten See Offshore Drilling as Necessary to Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Washington, DC – Even in light of the massive oil leak in the Gulf, Americans are more likely to favor (49%) than oppose (38%) allowing more offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters, according to a new telephone poll of over 1,000 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. More than one in ten (12%) are unsure

Oddly enough, Mr. Obama’s name does not even come up once in this very lengthy Ipsos piece.

No wonder the Associated Press stopped working with them.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “AP: US Public Still Wants Offshore Drilling”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    We still want to drive our SUVs in order to make the planet warmer so we can grow more crops during the longer seasons.
    Besides, the rig accidents are a lot more rare and less damaging than the purposeful destruction of our country by our elected officials.

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