Florida Voters Across Party Lines Support Offshore Drilling

By: Sunshine State News | Posted: October 17, 2013 4:30 PM
Offshore Oil Rig

Sixty-four percent of voters in Florida support offshore drilling for domestic oil and natural gas resources, according to a poll conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Petroleum Institute’s “What America is Thinking on Energy Issues” series.

This support bridged across party lines, with clear majorities of Republicans (89 percent), Democrats (55 percent) and Independents (57 percent) all in favor of offshore drilling.

“Floridians and residents of other coastal states are in the same boat in support of offshore drilling,” said Dave Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council. “We can create good-paying jobs and strengthen our local economy by allowing more oil and natural gas production here in the Sunshine State.

"As Governor Scott just announced in Daytona Beach, an oil and gas technology firm will add 100 jobs in our state to support exploration and production in other states. The multiplier effect for high-tech and engineering jobs will be tremendous if additional access to exploration is granted in Florida both onshore and offshore.”

In Florida, 87 percent of voters also say producing more oil and natural gas here at home is important.

The Obama administration will soon begin work on its next five-year offshore leasing plan, in which areas of the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and the Eastern Gulf of Mexico could be included for oil and natural gas leasing. Early next year, the administration is also expected to decide whether to permit seismic surveys in the Atlantic from Delaware to northern Florida for the first time in 30 years.

Seismic surveys, which have been used around the world for decades, are the most accurate method available to prospect for oil and natural gas reserves offshore apart from drilling. More accurate survey data makes offshore energy production safer and more efficient by reducing its environmental footprint.

Technological advances and data collection improvements since seismic surveys were last conducted in the U.S. Atlantic OCS have rendered old resource estimates obsolete.

The Florida Petroleum Council is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. The industry supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $85 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

The telephone study was conducted Sept. 24-29 by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute (API) among 603 registered voters in Florida, with a sampling error of +/- 4 percent. Harris Interactive is one of the world’s leading custom market research firms, known widely for the Harris Poll. For more information, visit

Comments (7)

John Paul Jones
11:19AM OCT 19TH 2013
Ahh, the usual suspects with the usual fake enviro-liberal talking points. What took you all so long? Though I am not surprised, I will always be astonished how you would rather your base voters receive a check from government than have a job and opportunity for a career and rewarding life. I guess that is the difference between our philosophies. It is certainly not that your policies work...we see the evidence of their failure with great frequency.
11:27PM OCT 26TH 2013
You showed your true colors below and previously . . . drill, baby, drill Palin blinders and blatant lying . . . I'm sure in your mind, BP (and all the other "accidents") never happened, nor would drilling ever harm Florida . . .

Never can stay on the topic, can you . . . .always trying to raise red herring misdirections . . . .ok, want to discuss the $24 billion hit the economy took over the last few weeks due to GOP childish, unnecessary shenanigans . . . . . thought not . . . . as always, just so apparently . . .

Pathetic . . . .
9:46AM OCT 18TH 2013
I donot believe the poll is accurate. Try putting it to a statewide vote.
9:44AM OCT 18TH 2013
First problem - not a SINGLE question on the poll asked about oil drilling off the Florida coast . . . . I think we'll just wait for a non-industry, non-leading, non-self serving poll that actually asks Floridians whether they support oil drilling and production, despite its risks, off the Florida coast, and if so, where . .

Pathetic . . .
8:22AM OCT 18TH 2013
Looks like the survey had a strong bias leaning only one direction. Here we go again. A little over 600 people asked isn't a large enough sample to validate the responses.
John Paul Jones
5:27PM OCT 17TH 2013
Hoo-rah. Time to start growing the economy. We can't wait for D.C. to bestow prosperity on us. Let's drill some oil and gas. Couple this with the growth of ports and Panama Canal expansion and Florida will be rocking.
9:46AM OCT 18TH 2013
Now we know you don't care for Florida's future . . . show me a location off Florida's eastern Gulf shore that isn't sensitive either as an offshore nursery ground, valuable as a fishing grounds, or important for tourism . . . . . thought not . . . . now think about a BP-type spill happening along one of those shores and the impact on Florida (and BP also promised it would never happen). . . . and, of course, you haven't even thought about that possibility . . . . . once again, you've focused only on the greedy profits to be made, regardless of the consequences to others . . . . . typical, clueless, right-wing GOP blindness . . . . . .

Pathetic . . . .

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