Conducted 6/16; surveyed 534 adults; margin of error +/- 4.2% (release, 6/18).
How Do You Feel About Increased Drilling For Oil And Natural Gas Offshore In U.S. Waters?- Now 5/23 8/08 7/08 6/08 Strongly favor 26% 27% 52% 46% 48% Mildly favor 23 30 22 23 25 Mildly oppose 17 16 11 12 15 Strongly oppose 34 25 13 18 12
Do You Think The Gulf Spill Will Directly Affect You And Your Family, Indirectly Affect You And Your Family, Or Not Affect You And Your Family?- Now 5/23 Direct effect 42% 31% Indirect effect 47 53 No effect 11 16
If You Had To Choose, Would You Say That The Situation In The Gulf Is ___?Under control 7% Out of control 92 Mixed/both 1
Would You Say That The Situation In The Gulf Is Getting Better/Worse, Or That It Has Stabilized But Is Not Getting Better?Better 14% Stabilized 38 Worse 48
Do You Think The Gulf Will Ever Completely Recover From The Effects Of The Oil Spill?Yes 51% No 49
The Federal Gov’t Suspending All New Drilling For Oil In The Gulf And Other Offshore Sites For Six MonthsApprove 58% Disapprove 41
The Federal Gov’t Filing Criminal Charges Against Employees And Execs. At BPApprove 53% Disapprove 46
The Federal Gov’t Changing The Law So There Is No Limit To The Amount Of Money BP Must PayApprove 63% Disapprove 36
The Federal Gov’t Increasing The Amount Of Regulation Of The Oil Industry In The U.S.Approve 68% Disapprove 31
Based On What You Have Heard Or Read, Do You Favor/Oppose Obama’s Proposals To Develop Alternative Sources Of Energy And Reduce The Amount Of Oil And Other Fossil Fuels That Are Produced And Used In The U.S.?Favor 72% Oppose 25
Do You Think That Proposals To Develop Alternative Sources Of Energy And Reduce The Amount Of Oil And Other Fossil Fuels That Are Produced And Used In The U.S. Would Increase/Decrease The Number Of Jobs In The U.S.?Increase 69% Decrease 27 No change 2
Do You Think That Proposals To Develop Alternative Sources Of Energy And Reduce The Amount Of Oil And Other Fossil Fuels That Are Produced And Used In The U.S. Would Make Life Better/Worse For The Next Generation Of Americans?Better 79% Worse 19 No change 1
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