Harris Poll shows strong South Carolina support for offshore drilling

February 12, 2015

(from office of U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan - South Carolina's 3rd District)

A new poll released today showed that an overwhelming majority of South Carolina voters support increased energy production, including the development of American offshore resources. 

According to the Harris Poll of 604 South Carolina registered voters, 71% supported drilling for oil and gas offshore, compared to only 21% who opposed exploration.

“This just shows that South Carolinians support offshore energy development and American Energy Independence,” said Congressman Jeff Duncan of South Carolina about the poll. “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.“

The poll, conducted in mid-January, showed strong support for increased domestic production of oil and natural gas resources onshore and offshore, and dissatisfaction with federal energy policy.  75% of South Carolinians supported increased oil and gas production, while 59% said the federal government does not do enough to promote oil and gas production. In addition, 88% said that increased production of American resources would strengthen American energy security, and 91% said producing more domestic oil and gas was an important issue.

“Thanks to new technologies and work being done on private land, American Energy Independence is achievable by the end of this decade, and my fellow South Carolinians want us to pursue federal policies to make that happen,” Congressman Duncan added.  “Now the federal government needs to follow through on this promise, opening up more land onshore and offshore for greater exploration and development. I call on President Obama to stop the bureaucratic foot dragging and allow for more energy production on federal lands.”

See Congressman Jeff Duncan's release here.

See full results of the poll here.


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