To drill or not to drill?

Overall support drops, yet more Republicans say offshore is the way to go

A majority of Americans (55 percent) appear to agree that the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a major environmental disaster. Just slightly fewer (51 percent) think that efforts to control it will be successful. That’s the word from a new poll released by the Pew Research Center.

Surprisingly, more than half of those polled (54 percent) also indicated they still favor offshore drilling. That figure is down by 9 percent from February. Where it gets more interesting is when it comes to party lines. Democrat and Independent support dropped significantly, while Republican support actually increased. Here are the stats as gathered pre- and post-spill, with percentages indicating those who favor more offshore drilling:

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  Feb. 2010 May 2010 Republican 74% 86% Democrat 54% 41% Independent 66% 53% Total 63% 54%