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June 06, 2010


Majority Now Oppose Offshore Drilling

A new CBS News Poll finds that Americans are rapidly reconsidering their views of offshore drilling as oil continues to spill into the Gulf of Mexico.

In the latest poll, 51% of people believe increased offshore drilling is "too risky" with 40% still in favor. That is a huge swing from August 2008, when 62% of people favored increased offshore drilling and just 28% opposed it. It is also a large shift from just a month ago, when 41% believed it was too risky and 46% were in favor.

The new poll also shows that just as many people now view the spill as part of a broader problem as consider it an isolated incident, with each taking 45%. A month ago, 51% believed it to be an isolated incident, compared to 35% that saw it as part of a broader problem.














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