Fox News poll: America says drill
posted at 12:32 pm on June 21, 2008 by Allahpundit
The crosstabs run only four pages so dive in. There’s no apples and apples comparison, unfortunately, to Rasmussen’s poll last week on offshore drilling; the closest Fox gets to that precise question is whether we should start drilling immediately “in the United States” — 76% say yes, including 71% of Democrats — and whether we should be drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, to which 77% say yes. ANWR? 53% say it’s time, a five-point improvement from 2006 but only a three-point improvement from 2002, which is within the margin of error. For some odd reason, possibly fallout from Katrina, the 2006 numbers throughout the poll show a harder line on environmentalism than the numbers from earlier years, rising gas prices notwithstanding. (Note especially the response to the question about “Relaxing some environmental standards,” where opinion dives 16 points from 2004 to 2006 and then completely rebounds.) There is one very notable exception to that, though. Behold:
There’s a major NIMBY problem here per question 49, but public education on nuclear safety would go a long way. Imagine the spectacle of Republican leaders telling their constituents, “We have much to learn from France”:
Other data reveals that raising taxes on gas is an idea that appeals to our nutroots betters and pretty much no one else. Exit question: Is it safe to conclude now that public opinion has moved towards drilling in ANWR since Gallup found 52% opposed to it last month?
Update: Actually, now that I look at the data again, I wonder how useful the questions about drilling really are. No one, or almost no one, opposes drilling in the abstract; the question, as was more properly phrased by Gallup, is whether we should open up areas that are currently off-limits. Aside from the question about ANWR, Fox didn’t ask that. Although the data on nuclear plants is still encouraging.