55% of US Voters Oppose to Obama’s 7 Year Ban on Offshore Oil & Gas Drilling


Energy Independence … the big issue for 2012 Presidential election.

As gas prices rise toward $4 per gallon and higher, President Barack Obama once again finds himself on the wrong side of an issue with the American people. In a recent Rasmussen poll, 55% of likely US voters are opposed to Obama’s seven year ban on oil and gas drilling the off Eastern seaboard and in the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters now oppose the president’s seven-year ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in part of the Gulf and along the East coast. That’s a seven-point increase from 48% three months ago.  Thirty percent (30%) favor the offshore ban, down five points from the previous survey. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided about it. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Energy independence is a national security issue, let alone one of oil/gas drilling and the economy with jobs.

However, as Americans continue to feel the pain at the gas pump, the Obama administration is only interested in appealing court decisions and delay deep water drilling applications to go through, provide more domestic oil drilling and more jobs. Also in a recent survey, 58% of Americans believe that gas prices will reach $5 per gallon by the beginning of summer. Which can also explain why 67% of American voters now support offshore oil drilling, up from 60% in the December survey.

Barack Obama and Democrats have some real issues when it comes to domestic drillingand energy policies with main stream American people and voters not affiliated with either party. Welcome to yet another issue for the 2012 election … energy independence. The United States of America can no longer be dependent on the Middle East.

  • Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republicans and 62% of voters not affiliated with either political party disagree with the president’s seven-year offshore oil drilling ban, while a plurality (46%) of Democrats support the policy.
  • Republicans and unaffiliateds also feel more strongly than Democrats that the United States does not do enough to develop its own oil and gas resources.
  • Seventy-four percent (74%) of Mainstream voters believe offshore drilling should be allowed, while 53% of the Political Class oppose it.

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  • Comments

    20 Responses to “55% of US Voters Oppose to Obama’s 7 Year Ban on Offshore Oil & Gas Drilling”

    1. St. Stephen on March 6th, 2011 5:55 pm

      …a seven year ban. That is about as stupid as one can get, so par for the course, as I see it.

      This job is waaaaay over his head, as is being proven on a daily basis…and only the election of 2012 will change the course for the better.

    2. rightknight on March 6th, 2011 5:59 pm

      What’s really called for in this unreasonable
      (Unconstitutional) situation is a ban on Obama!

    3. A Texas Grandfather on March 6th, 2011 6:26 pm

      Obama is is appeasing the environmental idiots who make up a good part of his political base.

      We should be drilling everywhere we can to increase our own petroleum resources. In addition, we need to be building additional refining capacity.

    4. dennisintn on March 6th, 2011 9:13 pm

      obama blamed his expert industry study group for imposing the 7 year ban. the chairman on that group says they didn’t recommend a ban. since the ban took effect, obama’s borrowed 4 billion dollars more from china and loaned it to brazil and mexico for exploration in the gulf.
      last week?, obama was asked about rising gas prices and he replied that he wasn’t worried about gas price rises. his energy dept. chief has said his goal is to have $8.00 gasoline soon.
      alice in wonderland didn’t have as many weird things going on as the obama administration.

    5. rightknight on March 6th, 2011 11:21 pm

      Obama KNOWS that the debtor (that’s us) becomes
      a slave to the ‘loaner’….and he purposefully keeps
      digging us in deeper! We must halt his cavalier
      wasting of our resources. What is the role of Congress
      in determining where our money goes?

    6. anti-Steve on March 6th, 2011 11:37 pm

      Where is Steve on this thread discussing Obama’s brilliant comprehensive energy plan that provides a job killing, risk to US national security Obama ban on oil drilling.

      Steve is most likely using his sharpie and writing on the marble are the WI state capitol.

      Hey Steve, gas is not even at $4 per gallon and the people are strongly against Obama on the ban for oil drilling. Wait until it rises even more.

    7. St. Stephen on March 7th, 2011 1:21 am

      …don’t worry ’bout Steve, he is more than likely taking a cold shower to cool off right now.

      Let’s instead focus on the whys and wherefores of replacing a person who was not big enough for the job and consider possible candidates for the job that is ahead of us.

      I fail to see why the ban was seven years save maybe to put us even deeper in distress than we already are.

      It is by no coincidence that Red China and Russia(among the other countries) will no longer use the once strong US dollar to tranact oil business on his watch. By his very weakness he has given them no reason not to.

      Red China is busy drilling away in our hemisphere(as is France) and he has given money to Brazil while literally ignoring the unemployed here.

      People see this, especially those out of work and those who have family members or friends out of work. He is really helping the situation of having people elect a different president for the White House.

      The funny thing is, his ineptness may even have him lose the primary, but that mey be bad for the Republicans.

    8. Scott on March 7th, 2011 6:57 am

      It’s TIME NOW…we start using the VAST resources of OIL that we have in OUR posession.

    9. Dolf on March 7th, 2011 9:48 am

      instead of drilling, you might wanna focus more on efficiency.
      SM: No Wolf, how about we do both. No amount of efficiency could ever cover the amount of energy that the USA needs.

    10. Wolf on March 7th, 2011 1:48 pm

      When all the oil was spewing into the Gulf what were the numbers in favor of offshore drilling? Now that prices are up everyone is screaming…it’s not Obamas fault..just as much as it’s not Bush’s fault. It’s America’s fault for not finding or spending enough $ on alternative means. We just need to leave oil alone.
      SM: It is all presidents fault and now it is namely Obama’s. Enough of this alternative energy garbage. Of course we should be looking into it, but that is a long term goal, not a short or meduim goal.

      Right now we need to enhance what we presently have and it is dispicable that the USA has the resources and the “tree huggers” say no.

      Wolf, imagine if I said to you for a nutritian diet, you needed to starve for a month and then eat a diet that has not even been developed yet. Even though if further production and cultivation of food was possible.

      This is why I stated that we need a comprehensive energy plan. Alternative energy is fine, but that is not our present and short term goal.

    11. Michelle Smith on March 7th, 2011 4:41 pm

      Who says we have to drill offshore. Why not drill on land or closer to land instead of miles offshore?

      Why is it okay for China, France, Russia, Venezuala etc. to drill but not the US? We need to tap into our own resources and stop depending on other countries.

      Work on alternative energy but in the mean time….Drill Baby Drill….
      SM: Agreed. And while we are at it, how about a couple, 2, 3 nuclear power plants. Just curious, Obama and the “greenies” want electric cars. Um, just where do these folks think all that energy is going to come from, thin air?


    12. Wolf on March 8th, 2011 11:11 am

      # 10)R
      I have to disagree with what you’re saying. It’s those type of thoughts that have put is where we are today…put it off..and put it off. We never end up ahead. I’m sorry but if we can put robots on mars running off batteries for over 6 years..then we can damn sure make autos that run on that technology. I know that autos are not the only thing that run on gasoline..but it’s a huge chunk of change that does.
      Who here has volunteered to help clean up after the gulf spill? Anyone? How about going down and helping clean up the dolphins that are washing ashore..not proven to be from oil..but what are the odds? Drilling isn’t going to help because we don’t even have enough refineries to keep up.
      SM: That’s why a comprehensive, realistic energy plan is required. You cant just start at T, even though something should have been done back in the 1970′s. The US needs to starts at A and go to Z. Short term, medium and long term goals. That’s how you run a business and thats how you have an energy plan.

      Sorry, but that is the common sense approach.

    13. Scott on March 8th, 2011 12:44 pm

      Wolf…you do not have clue. Typical liberal talking points….unreal….

      Spending enough? Are you kidding? You think our government should SPEND MORE?

      LOL…people who think windmills can solve the energy problem are so far out in LEFT field.

      We should drill offshore.

      It’s IS Obama’s fault. Gas prices have gone up ever since he took office in January 2009.

      When prices hit $4 when Bush was in office he lifted the drilling ban and gas prices dropped every month through Christmas and economists said the drilling ban lift was the reason gas prices became reasonable.

      Now, Obama is appealing the drilling ban lift in New Orleans while gas prices jump 33 cents in two days…how does that make sense? All the while; people down there are HURTING!

      Has he heard of ANWAR? But wait, the tree hugging liberal thinks it will hurt the enviroment…LOL!

    14. Wolf on March 8th, 2011 5:31 pm

      #11) Scott
      At least if we spend more money it all stays here instead of going overseas. Drilling as everyone has said isn’t the option..as we cannot process more oil even IF we find huge deposits. They’re at least 5-7 years out of having the capacity to meet the demand. Which will not help in short term.
      The reason why gas shot down when Bush was leaving office because the economy was starting to hit the fan..it has since tanked…rebounded and now prices are climbing.
      You mention ANWAR..Offshore drilling…but like I mentioned…who’s going to be there when another accident takes place? So you don’t think the gulf spill hurt the environment? That’s Republican thinking there..Oh..it’s ok..it will all go away. Alaska is still having oil wash ashore..how long ago has that disaster been? I’m no tree hugger..but I don’t think you have to destroy everything either. How long has driilling been around anyway? Isn’t it time for something new? Investing in technology is the only way I see out of this mess. Americans can either lead or follow…right now we’re following….
      Wolf, with your theory of accidents, we should not be driving cars, planes, trains, etc. There is always going to be the treat of something. That does not mean you never do it.

    15. Wolf on March 9th, 2011 11:39 am

      My theory? Crashing a car…plane…trane etc. does not effect our food supply chain does it? Spewing oil into the gulf does effect the food chain from the bottom up. Unless you’re supplying yourself with 100% of your own grown foods..don’t spoil mine…because I’m not.

    16. Dolf on March 10th, 2011 7:57 am


      drilling will not solve it either….

    17. Dolf on March 11th, 2011 3:25 am

      fuel up to 1.7 euro a liter :(

    18. Even Bill Clinton Thinks There are “Ridiculous Delays” in Obama’s Admin Issuing Offshore Drilling Permits | Scared Monkeys on March 12th, 2011 7:10 pm

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    19. Wolf on March 16th, 2011 3:59 pm

      Who’s up for Nuke plants now?

    20. Dolf on March 17th, 2011 4:08 pm

      I am Wolf.

      it took a major earthquake and tsunami.

      I say exploit all means of energy..try to focus on renewable.

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