What the? Americans Support Even More Offshore Drilling, WSJ/NBC Poll Finds

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Surprise. Even in aftermath of the April 20 Gulf of Oil Mexico disaster, a majority of people in the U.S. still support more offshore drilling. That's according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll.The poll, conducted May 6-10, found that 60 percent of Americans support more offshore drilling. And, 53 percent believe that the economic benefits of more drilling outweigh the potential harm to the environment. Really.

As for the response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and ongoing gush of oil into the ocean, 45 percent they say think the feds haven't done enough, and 50 percent think British Petroleum hasn't done enough.

Hmm. Even after the post-disaster revelations about a lack of federal oversight and the destruction that continues from the spill, people want more offshore drilling. Maybe they're under the (false) impression that offshore drilling will solve our nation's dependence on foreign oil. Info from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows a trivial impact on U.S. oil production from increased offshore drilling.

Or maybe you side with this CBS poll, showing less support for expanded offshore drilling in the wake of the Gulf leak.

The WSJ/NBC poll of 1,000 adults has a 3.1 percent margin of error. And the WSJ has a video recounting the poll, which also touched on other topics.

MSNBC has released a .pdf copy of the whole thing.

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