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Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?

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Oil Drilling Poll Results for Democrat

Yes

716,520 votes

31%

No

1,454,688 votes

64%

Distribution of answers submitted by Democrats.

3 Yes answers
2 No answers
2 overlapping answers

Data includes total votes submitted by visitors since Dec 12, 2011. For users that answer more than once (yes we know), only their most recent answer is counted in the total results. Total percentages may not add up to exactly 100% as we allow users to submit "grey area" stances that may not be categorized into yes/no stances.

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Data based on 30-day moving average to reduce daily variance from traffic sources. Totals may not add up to exactly 100% as we allow users to submit "grey area" stances that may not be categorized into yes/no stances.

Learn more about Oil Drilling

In 1990 President George H.W. Bush passed an executive order banning all offshore drilling in U.S. coastal waters. In response to rising gas prices in 2008 President George W. Bush lifted the ban. Currently, there are 3,500 offshore oil rigs, 79 of which are deep water wells.  See recent oil drilling news

More stances on this issue

Don't add anymore offshore Oil Drilling and when oil is depleted in that location then remove the oil rigs. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Riverview, FL.

Nationalize the energy sector and develop alternative forms of energy. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Lemon Grove, CA.

Regulate and let the free market determine the business viability of offshore drilling given the costly safety assurances and liabilities associated. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Dallas, TX.

Improve the technology first. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Philadelphia, PA.

Ont know. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Old Town, ME.

Not without more environmental research and built-in safety measures & funding designed to protect and quickly cleanup in the event of spills/earthquakes or equipment failures. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Camp Verde, AZ.

Incentivize the private sector AND encourage federal development of alternative energy sources that are PROVEN SAFE for people and the environment. i.e., no tracking or nuclear power. Go solar and find other safe clean sources. 7mons ago from a Democrat in New York, NY.

No, end all offshore drilling. I think solar power, electricity, and wind power is much safer, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Little Rock, AR.

Use our own oil, instead of borrowing from other countries. At the same time, alternative fuels must be developed. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Dover, NJ.

Yes, but limit expansion. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Owens Cross Roads, AL.

Oil is stupid. There have been plenty of alternative resources that have been stopped from becoming mainstream use by the oil companies so they can continue to make money by turning it into a lucrative business. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Rohnert Park, CA.

Yes but put a cap on how many oil wells are allowed per year. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Carnegie, PA.

With extremely strict environmental, technical, structural, and operational oversight by the Federal government, it can be done safely, however the penalties for damages to the environment need to be FAR higher. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Raritan, NJ.

We studied all the ethanol, we dont need to disrupt the natural world. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Columbia, MO.

No, we should end off-shore drilling- it clearly has a terrible impact on the environment. Incentivize schmentivize, energy companies should be smart enough to invest in exploring alternative energy sources. The government should be working with electric and gas companies that fuel homes and business to rework the infrastructure and allow for new energy sources to easily transition into our homes and businesses. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Ingomar, PA.

Yes, the more oil we can gain, the less it will cost. Supply and Demand. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Douglassville, PA.

Yes, but only if the watchdog services will actually do their jobs to keep our waters and coasts safe. Oil should be phasing out by now. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Indianapolis, IN.

We should re-energize the EPA more diligently appreciate environmental impact and to balance those risks against the incremental benefits from particular environmental invasions while also significantly incentivizing development of alternate energy sources. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Bellaire, TX.

No, develop alternate forms of clean energy. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Fort Collins, CO.

Just like battery power options should include the impact of creating the batteris, the impact on the environment of the chemicals, and a proper method of disposing of those chemicals, the oil and gas industry must adhere to the best safety standards and be held accordingly. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Oklahoma City, OK.

Stiffen regulation to make it safer. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Paterson, NJ.

Require certified environmental engineers and PE licensed engineers; require certification of offshore drilling projects. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Baltimore, MD.

Depends on risks/advantages of each situation. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Seattle, WA.

Only if stringent environmental issues can be put in place. 2yrs ago from a Democrat in Yukon, OK.

Yes, but with heavy regulation and safety measures and heavy penalties for breaking those regulations and safety measures. 2yrs ago from a Democrat in Wheeling, WV.

Yes, as long as regulations and operations ensure safety of process. 2yrs ago from a Democrat in Athens, OH.

Encourage through economic incentives the development and use of alternate energy sources. There are many already in existence. 2yrs ago from a Democrat in El Paso, TX.

The process should be refined and made more enviormentally and worker safe because it is a need for this country and alternative energy should be explored even more. 2yrs ago from a Democrat in Tewksbury, MA.

Expand if necessary but with no subsidies and stringent environmental controls and a no-escape clause for damages. 2yrs ago from a Democrat in Salem, OR.

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