Do South Carolinians Favor Offshore Oil Drilling?
2009/03/04, 9:30 pm
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Staff Report
Published March 4, 2009

A poll from Citizens for Sound Conservation finds that 72% of South Carolinians favor increased access to offshore oil and gas resources, compared with a recent national poll that found 61% of Americans in favor of offshore drilling.

Wilson Research Strategies polled 300 South Carolinians last month, and support for exploration was at least 65% in every income level, age bracket and racial breakdown. In addition, 57% viewed the recent decision to delay offshore exploration by six months as a stalling technique.

“South Carolina voters are clearly ahead of the curve on this issue. Thankfully, our state leaders seem to be listening,” organization board member Cathy Novinger said.

Citizens for Sound Conservation is nonprofit foundation formed by community leaders representing manufacturers, homebuilders, realtors, energy providers and maritime and port interests.


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