Oil uh oh
by Jerome Armstrong, Thu Jun 19, 2008 at 06:59:11 AM EDT
When I first heard McCain come out for drilling offshore for Oil, I knew something must have shifted in public opinion over the matter, especially when FL Gov Crist came out for it:
"[After many years working in the state], I would have told you that it was the single issue that would never, ever, ever change. Ev-uh," says the source.
But "somewhere between $3.00 and $4.00, the [poll] number literally flipped upside down."
...The Florida survey also found that McCain currently leads Obama in the state by a 47% to 39% margin. Six percent (6%) said they would vote for some other candidate while 8% are undecided. However, after voters were told that McCain favored offshore drilling and Obama opposed it, McCain's lead increased to eleven points, 49% to 38%.
...Seventy-one percent (71%) of Ohio voters agree with McCain's position that the ban on offshore drilling should be lifted, while 18% disagree.
...67% of voters believe that drilling should be allowed off the coasts of California, Florida and other states. Only 18% disagree and 15% are undecided.
Update [2008-6-19 11:47:58 by Jerome Armstrong]: First of all, I don't care if you word it differently, the poll numbers in Ohio (71 - 18) are not going to change the outcome that much by changing the wording. Second, we're talking about leveraging the short-term solution that Bush has offered up as a means to get a long-term solution in place, not about whether drilling for oil offshore is legitimate as a solution. Third, the ideological purity position of there being an environmental/aesthetic argument against it is exactly the position the Republicans want us to adopt.