Polls show broad support for expanded drilling

As rising gasoline prices have made many Americans re-evaluate their personal driving habits, they have also spawned a re-assessment of their opinion on the need for more domestic oil drilling. This has been observed in a number of recent polls, ranging from Gallop to Zogby to Pew, all showing that roughly 6 in 10 Americans support new domestic oil exploration both off-shore and in Alaska. This new support for drilling cuts across party, gender, age, and even ideological lines, and perhaps most interestingly reveals that for the first time this decade, oil exploration is actually placed as a higher priority than conservation by a 47-45 percent margin. Should prices continue to rise, most experts think this pro-drilling trend will continue.

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