Opposition to Offshore Drilling Reaches New High in Florida

A new Quinnipiac poll* finds that support for increased offshore drilling among Floridians has continued to plummet:

In the wake of the Gulf oil spill, Florida voters oppose 51 – 42 percent increasing the amount of offshore oil drilling, a 48-point swing from the 66 – 27 percent support for drilling in an April 19 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

While just 20% of Democrats support increased drilling, 71% of Republicans and 53% of Evangelicals continue to do so. There is also a nearly 20-point gender gap on the issue, with 52% of men supporting increased drilling and just 33% of women expressing support.

Among all Floridians, opposition to increased drilling has nearly doubled in just six weeks, jumping from 27% to 51%. This number will almost certainly continue to rise in coming weeks, as the worst impacts of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have yet to be felt in Florida.

And a majority of Floridians now say that the disaster in the Gulf makes them less likely to support increased offshore drilling, although there is a significant partisan gap on this question as well. While 66% of Democrats and 62% of Independents say the disaster makes them less likely to support expanded drilling, just 38% of Republicans feel the same way.

*I never heard back from Quinnipiac with regard to their poorly-worded question on offshore drilling in another recent poll.

The crosstabs can be found here.