Texas may have roughly one-fourth of the nation’s oil supply, but voters in the state apparently welcome the competition: 77% support offshore oil drilling, five points higher than the 72% who support it nationwide.
A new Rasmussen Reports survey shows only nine percent (9%) of voters in the Lone Star State oppose offshore drilling, while another 91% approve.
The idea, in fact, seems to be universally popular, with support from 89% of Conservatives, 85% of voters not affiliated with either major party and even 53% of Democrats.
While President Obama has banned on offshore drilling, he has kept it in place off the coasts of California and New England because of political opposition there. Sixty percent (80%) of Texas voters think offshore drilling should be allowed off those coastlines, too, comparable to views nationally. Sixteen percent (16%) oppose drilling off those states. Roughly one-in-four (24%) are undecided.
Despite their support for offshore drilling, 41% of Texas voters believe states should have the right to ban drilling of their own shorelines, slightly less supportive than the view nationally. Thirty-four percent (34%) disagree, and 26% aren’t sure.
80% of Conservative voters and 63% of unaffiliateds favor drilling off New England and California.
Republican and unaffiliated voters are less supportive than Democrats of states having the right to ban drilling off thier own coastlines.