Poll: SC Residents Support Offshore Drilling

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…


|| 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 …



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Keith Poe February 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Can’t help but notice that no where in that poll was the state of South Carolina mentioned…..ask those same people if they would support oil rigs 3 miles off the coast of Myrtle Beach and I bet you the answers are a bit different…this is a hack poll….

The Colonel February 11, 2015 at 4:22 pm

The closest they would be is in the 50-70 mile range, in other words, beyond the horizon. You’d never see them.

Oil Sheen February 11, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Will we be able to see the oil when a leak spills millions of gallons into the ocean? Can my kids throw tar balls at each other on the beach? Sounds like a great hook for tourists.

erneba February 11, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Don’t underestimate the fun your kids will have throwing tar balls at each other.

Br'er Rabbit February 11, 2015 at 6:53 pm

Do’n come ’round me talkin’ ’bout that tar ‘cuz hit aint no fun whatsoever!

Anonymouseschmuck February 12, 2015 at 9:16 am


The Colonel February 11, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Unlike the Gulf, the longshore current will keep most of the very little effluent off shore. The days of new “tarballs” are over from most oil production. One of the problems in Texas/The Gulf is the bilge purge from ships transiting the Ports/Mississippi and the effluent from the river itself. Additionally there are something like 25,000 abandoned wells from the early days of oil exploration. Some of there are most assuredly leaking. Current law prohibits “abandoning wells”.
With a few notable exceptions(Ixtoc and the Deep Water Horizon) , wells don’t normally create huge disasters, tanker disasters are generally far more dirty. A second factor is the relatively shallow water any Atlantic Continental shelf drilling will be done in. The Deep Water Horizon spill was drilling in water almost a mile deep. Continental Shelf wells will be in the neighborhood of in 400-800 feet making disaster recovery far easier should one occur. The risks are substantially less in shallower water.

Are there risks – most assuredly, is a tanker load of oil a bigger risk, just as assuredly.

Does having an accessible supply of oil for the near term mean we can start ignoring Saudi Arabia and the rest of the effing Middle East – most assuredly yes.

Centrist View February 11, 2015 at 4:54 pm

SC is stated on page 1

vicupstate February 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm

Keith is right. SC is NOT mentioned in the questions asked of the respondents. The question the article is about was also the last one asked, after numerous no-brainer questions that just about anybody on the left, right or middle would automatically say ‘yes’ to. The poll is leading and was probably paid for by oil interests.

Johnny U February 11, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Holy cow, could those polling questions been any more leading? Update – According to a new study by Harris – 79% of 1st graders like naps. Really intriguing stuff.

GrandTango February 11, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Face’re a Dumb@$$ liberal…Most people don’t like the stupid s#!t you’re for…

Dumb@$$ Conservative February 11, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Most people aren’t smart enough to figure out what we’re selling them!

drill drill drill February 12, 2015 at 7:53 am

Liberal idiots.Gas prices have gone from $1.79 a gallon to $2.39 a gallon in the lat 3 weeks in Great Lakes area (20% nationwide).My broker has had me hold firm on my energy stocks as he says a barrel of oil will be $100 by June and gas prices over$3.50 a gallon after they switch to the ‘summer blend’ and demand rises this summer.
The Muslim pResident will veto Keystone to protect his Muslim fanatics in the middle east.
We better start drilling.
Did you see the video they just found of Wright saying Obama IS a Muslim?

Suuuuuuuuure. February 12, 2015 at 8:25 am

Your broker? lol

GrandTango February 12, 2015 at 8:46 am

Until we get a new, non- liberal president…nothing is going to get better…

We have a H#!! of job in front of us to turn this country around…

trash out in 2016 February 12, 2015 at 9:19 am

Thankfully conservative ‘thinkers’ have a 10-1 advantage over the socialist/liberals in the arena of morals and ideas.

Why this nation will survive the evil empire currently occupying the people’s House.

grandtangosuglydog February 12, 2015 at 10:53 am

Truly are a fucking Idiot..i guess you miss the 4.11 gas under Bush? thought not you fucking idiot. Or should I just call you Grandasshat?

Referee February 12, 2015 at 8:24 am

Let’s see…Johnny U’s comment has 11 likes. GrandTango’s comment has zero likes. Looks like most people DO like the shit he is for. You lose.

GrandTango February 12, 2015 at 8:45 am

This is a Website INFESTED w/ liberals, you F*#king idiot. Look at the voting results of Nov. 4, or the number of statewide Democrats elected in SC…

That’s what matter Dumb@$$..not a gaggle of out-of-touch lemmings sucking each others D!*k on The Palmetto State’s version of HuffPo……

Referee February 12, 2015 at 9:15 am

Still no likes, GT. Most people still like the stupid shit he’s for. Judging by your writing, the shit you are for is homosexual sex? Whatever, your business…

GrandTango February 12, 2015 at 11:27 am

You all LIKE Brian Williams and Dan Rather too….But I’d RATHER (pun intended) not be a liar just to please Dumb@$$#$ LIKE you…LMAO…

dems are evil February 12, 2015 at 9:24 am

You think the ‘polls’ matter to these folks? The ‘people’ are just an impediment to implementing their agenda of perversion and government control of every aspect of our lives.

grandtangosuglydog February 12, 2015 at 10:57 am

Bingo..sucking cock reference #8,987,294 for our little T. Coming next about some anal?

GrandTango February 12, 2015 at 11:23 am

Avoiding the truth, to attack me, because you’re a F*#king idiot……reference 10, 069, 084….

Have you EVER thought of anything insightful or original???…I do it ALL the time…why can’t you do it once…w/o STEALING everything I post, just to try to be relevant…

grandtangosuglydog February 12, 2015 at 11:27 am

Avoiding the truth…LOLOL dude i use your own words against you, i dont have to make up anything i just use what YOU type to point out how absolutely comically deranged and unhinged you are, You are a PROVEN liar and a proven Coward, the rest is just gravy…and to also point out your strange complete obsession with anal sex and sucking cock.

GrandTango February 12, 2015 at 1:13 pm

If you submitted any of the stupid $#!t you post, for publication…you’d have it IMMEDIATELY REJECTED. You NEVER offer anything FRESH. It’s trite, boring, defensive and not provocative.

You SUCK in the ability to present ideas or commentary of any value…You want to be like me…but you bring NOTHING to the table toward that effort…

grandtangosuglydog February 12, 2015 at 1:22 pm

coming from the asshat who hasnt had a word published minus the troll comments, flat out lies and anal sex and sucking cock obsessions you post daily, im not sure you’re the one to comment about published words..oh and hows the total failure of a blog going? guess people dont like to read words from a proven liar and coward huh? And who the hell would want to be like you? Paging anyone who wants to be a proven liar and coward, racist fool and partisan dirtbag? Anyone? Anyone?

GrandTango February 12, 2015 at 3:09 pm

You’d be SURPRSED…LMAO…and as F*#king clueless as YOU are…you REALLY be surprised…LMAO…

grandtangosuglydog February 12, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Prove it. Simple. Enough. Even. For. you. ….Prove it, or once again for like the thousandth time be proven a liar. PROVE IT!.

GrandTango February 12, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Are you in the 3rd grade or 4th….You immature little Dumb@$$…

grandtangosuglydog February 12, 2015 at 3:50 pm

so youre once again PROVEN a liar. Thanks for making it so easy..all you had to do was prove a statement you made, and yet again like a are proven a liar. AGAIN.

Buz Martin February 12, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Hey, he had 14 unique page views, right? That’s something. Isn’t it? Poor little idiot.

grandtangosuglydog February 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm

And lets be honest, those 10 unique visits probably mostly came from this website . Pure curiosity, like when a dog can play piano.

ugly dog got a bro? February 12, 2015 at 11:59 am

Read your stalker’s fits of rage about religion on FITS and his profile appears to match the profile of the dude that killed those 3 in Chapel Hill yesterday…???

“People say nothing can solve the Middle East problem, not mediation, not arms, not financial aid. I say there is something. Atheism,” he said in one post.

Last month he shared a picture of his .38 revolver on his page on which described himself as a fan of Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason and Professor Richard Dawkins, the outspoken atheist and author of The God Delusion.”

Oh.I thought Smirks was an atheist as well. :-)

GrandTango February 12, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Why do you ignorant F*#ks have to change identities every day, to repeat the same old, stupid $#!t day after day…???

I don’t blame you for being ashamed…but we KNOW you’re the same Dumb@$$ liberal over and over…

guest February 13, 2015 at 5:36 am

This was meant as NO offense to you.It was directed at the SOB that has never posted an original thought on FITS and whose whole existence is following you around on here with taunts and insults,’grandtangosuglydog’.

Buz Martin February 12, 2015 at 11:14 am

Still obsessed with dick-sucking I see.

GrandTango February 12, 2015 at 11:21 am

Still obsessed w/ me…I see…

she sure is purrdy February 12, 2015 at 11:50 am

she has a ‘fever blister’ ,if you know what i mean…

Buz Martin February 12, 2015 at 3:20 pm

No denial that you’re obsessed with sucking cock, I see.

GrandTango February 12, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Let me get this straight…you march in the streets, DEMANDING that the government redefine marriage according to YOUR homosexual code of morality…..then you viciously attack me, trying to insult me by claiming I’m gay…Hahahaha…

Any wonder people see you not only as a hypocrite…but a very F*#king stupid one at that…LMAO….

obama's failed economy February 12, 2015 at 9:28 am

You sound like you are in 8th grade.
Math lesson for today, jr,…
Unemployment claims are UP 25,000 this week-over 300,000 this week.
Now-back to recess ,jr.

Torch February 11, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Not one mention on drilling off the SC coast that I saw in the questionnaire. Probably survey was conducted in the upstate.

GrandTango February 11, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Duh….liberals are against the people on most major issues…you either sneak it in….or get your corrupt judges to do your will…

vicupstate February 11, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Liberals are only against the ‘people’ that are ‘corporations’. More specifically, the corporations that are trying to fuck over the ‘real’ people.

0-30 in 2014 upchuck February 11, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Like Staples? You are a fucking idiot.

Tunes'n'News February 11, 2015 at 4:59 pm

I’ll bet 21% of those polled live near the coast and 79% do not.

Rocky February 11, 2015 at 5:23 pm

For sale, 4BR / 2BA house, 1 mile to beach, outside Charleston. New kitchen and appliances, new wood floors. Asking $425K. Think it’s time to move to NE FL.

The Colonel February 11, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Rock, have you ever studied the current patterns on the SC coast? Wanna know where the sand from Debordieu and Pawleys went? Look no further than northern Florida.

Rocky February 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

Could be Colonel – but honestly – we’re kicking this one around. Not the drilling pushing us out, it’s the other crap. Schools, the state income tax, etc. My employer doesn’t care where I live so long as I’m close to an airport, have internet and a phone. Just getting tired of the whole set-up. My relatives in Montreal bemoan the language police. I bemoan the Rightous Police.

rocky's road February 12, 2015 at 10:01 am

Sounds like you got a good gig with ISIS and lots of flexibility to move around?

Rocky Yemen Oblunder February 11, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Sell it to ISIS or a terrorist. That is who you support.Obama will be proud of you.

Rocky February 12, 2015 at 9:57 am

Grow up.

305,000 more on welfare February 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

mommy mommy!!!!! he bein mean to me!!!! WAAAAAAAA

Buz Martin February 12, 2015 at 3:26 pm

No real chance of that.

Centrist View February 11, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Survey respondent ideology
Conservative 59%
Liberal 24%

Seems to be a biased sample.

GrandTango February 11, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Hard working people can hardly feed their children…and Obama eats like a king, yet he’s never had a real job responsibility…

We need to find industry WHEREEVER we can to reverse this massive slide Obama and the Democrat Party has imposed on us….DRILL BABY DRILL!!!!

ThreePalms February 11, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Incessant idiocy.

GrandTango February 11, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Brian Williams much?…LMAO….

Torch February 12, 2015 at 9:30 am

Fox news much? ROFLMAO

GrandTango February 12, 2015 at 11:24 am

Who on FOX has been fired for lying…Dumb@$$…

Torch February 12, 2015 at 1:21 pm

That would be who should be fired for lying and that would be most of them. Fox has no integrity so it doesn’t fire anyone.

GrandTango February 12, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Yeah…anybody who does not go along w/ Obama’s Benghazi story, the IRS claim of LOST e-mails…or “you can keep your, and it will cost less” should be fired…right???
You people are one big, Ignorant and lost F*#cking cliché…and a joke…to boot…

710 Suckers February 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm

And most South Carolinians read at an eight grade level, never been to college, work for low wages, have kids on gov’t assistance, more likely to be obese, develop diabetes, heart disease, HIV, Syphilis, etc… Why wouldn’t they be for fucking up the one guaranteed money making natural resource?

erneba February 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Drill, we need the oil and the revenue, and it help stave off the time that we are all sitting around waiting for the sun to shine and the wind to blow so we can have enough power to watch “As the world turns” on TV.

John Boy February 11, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Only 20% who were polled said they were college grads. I bet 10% were lying….

Jim Bob February 12, 2015 at 8:08 am

12% were gay and love anal sex with dogs.That accounts for the opposition to ‘drilling’ the ground in the poll.

John Boy February 12, 2015 at 11:07 am

Trolling, trolling, trolling…RAWHIDE!

TontoBubbaGoldstein February 11, 2015 at 6:21 pm

TBG loves offshore drilling.
Inshore ain’t bad either…but you’re more likely to get caught.

*winks lasciviously*

9" February 11, 2015 at 6:46 pm

FITS often mentions how stupid and backwards South Carolinians are.Here’s another example that he’s one of them..

Barry Holdwater February 11, 2015 at 6:49 pm

As long as it provides jobs and cheap gas drill like a whale on a cow.

I have a dream February 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm

There’d be a certain amount of justice in the world if so much oil was found offshore in SC’s territory that it raised our GDP substantially.

I mean, like Arabs skiing on snow covered sand mountains type money.

Not that that is going to happen, but the image of Cooter & Enest drinking from gold plated Bud cans while fishing off their million dollar sea yacht off the cost, jamming Blake Shelton and gang banging Darlene from the country store would be something to behold.

Torch February 12, 2015 at 9:28 am

All the money would go to the Koch’s, and BP. Cooter and Enest wouldn’t get a dime. However, Cooter and Enest can get jobs cleaning up the tarballs on the coast.

SomalianRoadCorp February 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Oh look, somebody who is completely ignorant of the industry.

You Know My Name February 11, 2015 at 7:28 pm

Off shore oil wells off our coast; what could possibly go wrong? I’m sure those folks and oil-drenched birds along the Gulf (of Mexico) coast were just exaggerating a few years ago, right?

HD February 11, 2015 at 8:48 pm Reply
Limbaughsaphatkhunt February 11, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Course they do. We love degrading our state. If it’s not nuclear waste or accepting toxic garbage from other states it will now be drilling offshore. What’s next? The Kardashians moving here?

wash his prayer rug February 11, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Obama ‘degrades’ this nation everyday. If its not destroying the economy and our health care system it is supporting every tyrant and terrorist that advocates for the destruction of America.

Limbaughsaphatkhunt February 11, 2015 at 9:27 pm


LowcountryGmCock February 11, 2015 at 11:36 pm

This poll is clearly flawed……know why?? Because who in the heck still owns a home telephone anymore???!!!! Old white people

Manray9 February 12, 2015 at 12:38 am

So more people support drilling than oppose it? Does that make it right? People in this state overwhelmingly supported Jim Crow 55 years ago. Was that right too? Go ahead and drill. And when the first big well blowout ruins the Low Country shrimp and oyster harvests and pollutes the beaches at Hilton Head, Edisto, Kiawah and Sullivan’s Island, thereby killing the $30 billion in economic activity generated by tourism (according to the state government), all those supporters of drilling will disappear overnight.

Peter O. February 12, 2015 at 12:53 am

Just so people are clear… any drilling off the SC coast would most likely be for natural gas, not oil. There’s very little recoverable oil in the South Atlantic.

Beartrkkr February 12, 2015 at 1:33 am

I think the majority think that pumping oil out of the ground as fast as possible will lead us to some kind of gas price nirvana. Hell, I say we use as much of the Saudi’s oil, especially while it is cheap, before pumping every last drop we might have. I suspect the Saudis are playing with the price now to force some of the higher production cost facilities to be shuttered.

On the other hand, Exxon will thank you all the way to the bank.

follydude February 12, 2015 at 8:30 am

The poll never questioned about drilling on the SC coast.

Buz Martin February 12, 2015 at 11:13 am

You don’t have to be a radical liberal environmentalist to oppose offshore drilling in the Atlantic.

Bible Thumper February 12, 2015 at 10:28 pm

“You don’t have to be a radical liberal environmentalist to oppose offshore drilling in the Atlantic.”
No, but it helps.

Buz Martin February 12, 2015 at 11:18 am

Programming Note, Mid-Summer 2018: FITS will be down for a few days. Bodysurfing in Pawleys. Meanwhile, enjoy these shots of some rad oil-slick swells.

LeeBrightsDrugDealer February 13, 2015 at 12:45 pm

I did some offshore drilling back in college. Couldn’t walk straight for three days.


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