Rasmussen survey shows 60% support offshore oil drilling

posted at 2:15 pm on December 6, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Last week’s reversal on offshore oil drilling by Barack Obama didn’t go over well with likely US voters, according to a new Rasmussen survey.  Sixty percent support offshore drilling in principle, and 48% oppose the ban directly, with only 35%  supporting Obama’s reversal.  A majority expect economic damage and higher fuel prices as a result:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the new seven-year ban will increase gas prices, while just 11% think it will make gas prices go down. Twenty-five percent (25%) expect the ban to have no impact on prices at the pump.

Alternate headline: 11% of likely voters don’t understand economics.  How can limiting supply while demand remains constant or increasing result in lower prices for consumers?  Do they expect a vast decrease of auto trips to the shore for the recreational activity of watching people drill for oil?

While most voters project problems from the continuing partial ban, they’re more narrowly divided on the decision itself. Thirty-five percent (35%) favor the seven-year ban on drilling in some offshore areas, while 48% oppose it. Seventeen percent (17%) are undecided.

Still, 60% continue to believe offshore oil drilling in general should be allowed. Twenty-two percent (22%) disagree and oppose such drilling. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure.

The Obama administration announced an end to the ban in the first place because of political pressure and a stumbling economy.  Gas prices have risen back into the $3 per gallon range this year despite the lack of economic growth.   As those numbers climb, the pressure to drill will once again become enormous, especially since the Obama administration had already made that decision once.

That will play strongly with independent voters, the kind Obama needed to get elected the first time and now needs more than ever.  Independents want offshore drilling by a 60/19 margin, with 83% of them following the issue somewhat or very closely — slightly higher than either party’s voters.  They oppose the ban by a majority, 54/30, and a slightly higher majority of 58% believes it will harm the economy.  For that matter, a majority of Democrats believe it will raise gas prices (57%), which in itself will harm the economy with compounded inflation for distribution channels, eroding consumer buying power.

Obama wants new offshore drilling stopped for the next seven years.  I’d expect a reversal, at least partial, within the next two, or else the following four will be completely irrelevant to Obama as President.


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I have a question, didn’t several courts over rule bho and team on the oil ban? It seems bho and team just ignore the courts and do as they dang well please. The states that this ban effects should file a suit a day till this is lifted! I can not say how I detest this horrible man for cratering our Republic!
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letget on December 6, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Alternate headline: 11% of likely voters don’t understand economics.

I’d wager that the true number is closer to 50 percent.

Inanemergencydial on December 6, 2010 at 2:19 PM

He wants higher gas prices. That way we will all start driving all those Euro type cars. The BP spill was the perfect cover to do what he always wanted to do.

Hummer53 on December 6, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Rasmussen survey shows 60% support offshore oil drilling

Time for Barry to double down and make it 14 years.

Knucklehead on December 6, 2010 at 2:20 PM

11% of likely voters need to take a highschool level economics class. Jesus.

Vera on December 6, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Alternate headline: 11% of likely voters don’t understand economics.

Or Jobs.

upinak on December 6, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Too bad the entire Obama administration is comprised of 11%ers.

Vera on December 6, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Obama wants new offshore drilling stopped for the next seven years. I’d expect a reversal, at least partial, within the next two, or else the following four will be completely irrelevant to Obama as President.

I wouldn’t bet on it. If Obama is limiting offshore drilling in a time when the economy’s in the toilet, jobs are scarce, and gas prices are steadily climbing, why would he change his mind in the next two years? And before anyone mentions 2012 as a motivator, it’s too late for that. Any reversal right before the election would be too transparent for anyone but the most devoted of kool-aid drinkers.

Doughboy on December 6, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Coming from Obama, I hope those are dog years.

Electrongod on December 6, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Damage is already happening. 87 grade up $.10 at the pump since Maobama announced the moratorium a few days ago.

But have no fear: President Palin will lift the moratorium on her first day in office. Count on it.

james23 on December 6, 2010 at 2:27 PM

All they have to do is announce that we are going to begin exploring new oil reserves…and the international price will drop.
Then we announce Awar is opening, and the price will drop.
Then we announce drilling off our coast and the price will drop.
All this will drop below $60 a barrel, and we will have done nothing but announce.
The only reason it is $90 is because they know we don’t have an alternative…it’s called competition, something liberals have a difficult time understanding. Since they only understand the word “confiscate”.

right2bright on December 6, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Funny, Bush was the big oil man, everything he did was tied to oil, and a way for his buddies to get rich.
Soros meanwhile is making a ton off of oil…crickets.

right2bright on December 6, 2010 at 2:29 PM

I guess we should be “thanking” Barry when our energy prices have “necessarily skyrocketed.”

steebo77 on December 6, 2010 at 2:29 PM

just 11% think it will make gas prices go down

There’s always that small minority that ain’t got a clue!

Any guesses as to their grade school cumulative GPA? You’ll notice I didn’t mention high school – and neither do they.

GarandFan on December 6, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Wow, support for offshore drilling on the rise again after the oil spill.

Allahpundit hardest hit. I think AP posted every poll showing the numbers dropping as the oil spill was spewing from the ocean floor.

chief on December 6, 2010 at 2:32 PM

60% + opposed Obamacare too….

see what a difference that made….

jus sayin’…

ted c on December 6, 2010 at 2:32 PM

But those 60% aren’t among the 5% that Obama gives a damn about…they’re probably among the 70% or more of those who were against the Obamacare bill. So, as Obama says (to his insiders only): screw them!

stonemeister on December 6, 2010 at 2:35 PM

This administration will always make decisions that continue to contribute to the decline of our economy…

WhoU4 on December 6, 2010 at 2:36 PM

When George Soros rakes in a mega-enormous profit from PetroBras (recipient of a couple billion in US aid) and which is going gangbusters drilling offshore in the Caribbean and South Atlantic, then, perhaps, Obama may agree to offshore drilling in American waters by American companies….but don’t hold your breath on that one.

And that 60% thingie? It is just a problem with messaging…if that 60% only knew what Obama was trying to do for them, help them out, make their future better for the children, then, they’d come around, right?

coldwarrior on December 6, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Where do the others think they will get their oil?

tarpon on December 6, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Destroying the republic one piece at a time

bama and his cronie scum are traitors to this great nation

Sonosam on December 6, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Obama will have to remove the ban. Otherwise, his chances are nil in 2012. Why on earth would anyone raise gas prices with real unemployment around 17%, unless they are trying to destroy the country financially?

I find it hard to believe that someone could have spent Stimulus 1 and expect it to help. But I will give the benefit of the doubt, that he is an absolute moron. But after repeating the same mistake numerous times, with Health Care, bailouts, Omnibus, etc, There can be no doubt that he hates this nation.

jeffn21 on December 6, 2010 at 2:44 PM

And that 60% thingie? It is just a problem with messaging…if that 60% only knew what Obama was trying to do for them, help them out, make their future better for the children, then, they’d come around, right?

coldwarrior on December 6, 2010 at 2:36 PM

No other candidate or office holder has had a 24% guaranteed voter block, it is absolute the 24%.
The closest is the inner city dems who spew their hate among the nations minorities, they also have a guarantee base.
So he has only about 16% of the free thinking people actually supporting him.
Every action he takes is skewed with that 24%…

right2bright on December 6, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Like I have posted before, Palin’s slogan should be “Drilling for Jobs”.

huckleberryfriend on December 6, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Like I have posted before, Palin’s slogan should be “Drilling for Jobs”.

huckleberryfriend on December 6, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Drill, cut, deregulate and get out of the way.

darwin on December 6, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Gas prices have risen back into the $3 per gallon range this year despite the lack of economic growth.

Might devaluing our dollar through QE2 had any impact?

John Deaux on December 6, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Ugh. Rasmussen. May as well poll Fortune 500 CEOs.

Grow Fins on December 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Ugh. Rasmussen. May as well poll Fortune 500 CEOs.

Grow Fins on December 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM

I’d trust the opinion of Fortune 500 CEOs before I’d trust the opinion of community organizers.

John Deaux on December 6, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Just trying to finish up with Jimmah’s second term. Higher prices is only half the equation though. Wait until rationing starts.

chickasaw42 on December 6, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Yeah, well gas prices here, which have been flirting with 3$ a gallon, gave up the flirt and went up to 3.09. If they go much higher, Obama is toast(if he’s not already).

jeanie on December 6, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Yeah, well gas prices here, which have been flirting with 3$ a gallon, gave up the flirt and went up to 3.09. If they go much higher, Obama is toast(if he’s not already).

jeanie on December 6, 2010 at 4:14 PM

We have been floating between $3.00 and $3.10 for over three weeks.

Now, an hour ago, I got a fill of #2 heating oil. Price is now $2.90 per gallon and the fill cost nearly $700. We are in the midst of the heating season. This is going to be an economic disaster for a lot of the retired folks around here.

Yoop on December 6, 2010 at 4:21 PM

He wants to increase dependence on foreign oil.
Appease the cranky arabs.

seven on December 6, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Is this President really trying to destroy our economy so that the Left can pick up the pieces and reconstruct it as they see fit. To think otherwise is not logical. Just about every move this administration makes weakens the US. President Obama is following the playbook of Hugo Chávez, the President of Venezuela, to acquire control of our country’s economy, to strip his countrymen of constitutional and economic rights and subjugate the American people to the whims of his administration. One doesn’t have to listen to Glenn Beck to see this developing.

amr on December 6, 2010 at 6:47 PM

C’mon! We are going to get our food and fuel from massive amounts of “Hope And Change.”
Welcome to INFLATION!
But fear not, we are going to “spread the wealth around.”
Umm…that would mean YOUR $$$

shorebird on December 7, 2010 at 12:49 AM

Test

Dire Straits on December 7, 2010 at 3:14 PM