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Poll: SC Residents Support Offshore Drilling

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OVERWHELMING MAJORITY BACKS ENERGY EXPLORATION EFFORTS

|| By FITSNEWS || A new poll shows overwhelming support for energy exploration off the coast of South Carolina.  The survey – conducted by Harris Interactive – found a whopping 71 percent of respondents supported drilling for oil and gas offshore, compared to just 21 percent who opposed the idea.

The poll comes as South Carolina’s coastline was included in a new U.S. Department of the Interior plan for offshore drilling – a decision hailed by U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan.

Duncan was also pleased to hear of the polling data …

“This just shows that South Carolinians support offshore energy development and American Energy Independence,” Duncan said. “The vast majority of voters in our state recognize the economic and foreign policy benefits of increased energy production.  American energy production means the creation of thousands of new jobs, decreased prices for consumers, and stability abroad.”

We agree …

As we’ve stated repeatedly, we support whatever energy policy keeps the lights on at the lowest possible price for consumers.   If expanded offshore drilling helps to do that, then in the words of our good friend Rick Manning at Americans for Limited Government – “Drill, Baby. Drill.”

Despite the overwhelming public support, offshore drilling faces opposition from radical environmentalists in the Palmetto State, most notably Conservation Voters of S.C. leader Ann Timberlake.

For those of you keeping score at home, the Harris poll was conducted between January 13-15, 2015 – surveying 604 registered voters via telephone.  The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

To view the data, click on the link below …

SOUTH CAROLINA OFFSHORE DRILLING POLL (.pdf)

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