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Strong support for offshore drilling from voters in Carolinas, Virginia

“North Carolina has the largest coastal area within the proposed leasing zone, meaning we stand to benefit more than any other Atlantic Coast state.”

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Shell offshore drilling.

A statewide telephone poll of over 600 voters in each state of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia shows overwhelming support for offshore development of oil and natural gas resources, especially among Republicans.

The polls were conducted by  South Carolina Petroleum Council,  North Carolina Petroleum Council (SCPC), Virginia Petroleum Council.

North Carolina

Sixty-four per cent of North Carolina voters, including 83 per cent of Republicans, 64 per cent of Independents and 52 per cent of Democrats support offshore oil and gas exploration.

“A strong bipartisan majority of voters in North Carolina continue to support producing more domestic energy and creating more jobs in the state,” said NCPC Executive Director David McGowan.

This week, the NCPC also launched a new advertising campaign to promote bringing safe and responsible energy development and well-paying jobs home to North Carolina.

“Cutting-edge technologies and a core value of safety have helped make the U.S. the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world while protecting the environment and creating jobs in North Carolina,” said McGowan.

“North Carolina has the largest coastal area within the proposed leasing zone, meaning we stand to benefit more than any other Atlantic Coast state.”

South Carolina

Sixty-seven per cent of South Carolina voters, including 83 per cent of Republicans, 62 per cent of Independents and 54 per cent of Democrats, support offshore development of oil and natural gas.

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SCPC Executive Director Bonnie Loomis

“South Carolina could still enjoy the low gasoline prices that have been made possible by surging U.S. energy production, even if we don’t join the American energy revolution ourselves. But we’ll be missing out on the potential for more than 35,000 jobs across a variety of industries and strengthening our national security,” said Executive Director Bonnie Loomis.

Virginia

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Offshore drilling

Sixty-five per cent of Virginia voters, including 85 per cent of Republicans, 60 per cent of Independents and 56 per cent of Democrats, support offshore drilling.

“With the existing port, infrastructure, and wide variety of maritime industries like shipbuilding and engineering, Hampton Roads can help strengthen our national security and fuel the energy our nation demands,” said VPC Executive Director Miles Morin.

“The military has considerable input into areas in the Atlantic that can be explored and, given that the proposed area for development is well past the horizon at 50 miles, offshore platforms would not be visible from land,” said Morin.

The surveys were conducted Jan. 22 – Feb.1 by telephone on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute, with a sampling error of +/- 3.9 per cent.

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2 Comments on "Strong support for offshore drilling from voters in Carolinas, Virginia"

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  1. Making firm statements based on puny sample sizes is not good science. These surveys questioned only 600 people in SC and 660 in NC. Those numbers are completely meaningless in the face of the millions of voting age residents in each state. Not only that but the survey instrument was expertly designed to elicit a positive response to the offshore drilling question. Please spare us of your faulty science. We don’t want offshore oil rigs in the Atlantic!

  2. Lorraine says:

    So you survey around 1,300 people and think that gives a good idea about how 14,000,000 feel? You’re wrong. We want no seismic testing and oil companies out of our perfect Atlantic Ocean.