Wednesday, July 7, 2010

N.C. opposition to offshore drilling gushes up

You don't see public opinion swing like this every day. North Carolinians overwhelmingly favored offshore drilling just three short months ago. Now more oppose it than favor it. Hundreds of millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf can do that.
In April, before the spill, 26 percent of N.C. poll respondents opposed drilling off the N.C. coast, Public Policy Polling in Raleigh said today. In May, after the spill, 38 percent opposed it. In June, 39 percent and in the latest poll, 46 percent. That's a near doubling of opposition in three months.
Forty-two percent still support it, down from more than 60 percent in April.
The scariest fact from Public Policy Polling as far as we're concerned: Asked about Republican congressional candidate Bill Randall's theory that the federal government caused the spill on purpose, 11 percent believe that and 15 percent aren't sure. More than a quarter of North Carolinians are that delusional? Yikes.

-- Posted by The Observer's Editorial Board

11 comments:

Shay said...

Delusional? I wouldn't say delusional. I would say cautious and skeptical.

Our gov't does and allows some screwed up things to happen.

Tuskegee Experiments, anyone?

Or the Willowbrook State School incident?

Larry said...

If they had introduced Electricity by showing a person being electrocuted, then I don't think people would have been so quick to have that single bulb hanging in each room.

The same with this mess. We will fix it, learn do it better and the financial realizations will have to kick us into the real world.

Michael said...

"You don't see public opinion swing like this every day."

Shure ya do. Just read the comments on anything related to Barry O's administration.

Buy a clue.

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